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Zim, UK step up re-engagement

The Sunday Mail

    

March 8, 2020

Zimbabwe and Britain have begun laying the ground for formal political dialogue to normalise relations, it has been learnt. Despite domesticating the European Union stance on Zimbabwe on February 20 this year — following its departure from the bloc on January 30 — Britain has reportedly been making high-level overtures designed to replicate the Zim-EU dialogue platform at a “more individual country” level.

Previous Updates

Second session of the Zimbabwe-European Union (EU) dialogue

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

    

Nov. 22, 2019

The second session of the Zimbabwe-European Union (EU) dialogue was held in Harare, with the European Union bloc pledging to consider an increased financial assistance to Zimbabwe next year in light of reforms being implemented by the Zimbabwean Government. The agenda for the dialogue included issues around economic development, trade and investment, human rights and democratisation, rule of law and good governance, development cooperation, climate change and humanitarian impact and global and regional ooperation. 

At the meeting Zimbabwe and the EU discussed the illegal sanctions that have been imposed on the country, political reforms and economic reforms. The meeting was a follow up to the first formal dialogue meeting that was held at officials’ level in June 2019 which was led by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Secretary, Ambassador James Manzou.

Zim, EU in historic talks

Herald

    

June 6, 2019

Zimbabwe and the European Union (EU) yesterday launched a formal dialogue process based on Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement which governs relations between member states of the African-Carribean-Pacific regions and the EU. The development is a major realisation of President Mnangagwa’s re-engagement policy which seeks to reintegrate Zimbabwe into the global family of nations.

Attendance of the 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019.

Herald

    

March 4, 2020

Cabinet received a report on the 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) which the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry attended in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019. The parties agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which are to be achieved by 2030. Zimbabwe aims to reduce emissions by 33 percent per capita in the energy sector by 2030.

Hosting of the 2020 African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 6)

Herald

    

March 4, 2020

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare updated Cabinet on the 2020 African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 6) which Zimbabwe had successfully hosted in Victoria Falls from 24 to 27 February, 2020. The Forum ran under the theme “2020- 2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063”.

Attendance of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union: 9 and 10 February, 2020, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Herald

    

Feb. 13, 2020

Cabinet received a detailed report on the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union held from 9 to 10 February, 2020, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The Summit was held under the theme, “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”.

Attendance of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

Herald

    

Feb. 5, 2020

Cabinet received an update from the Minister of Finance and Economic Development on Zimbabwe’s participation at the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which was held in Davos, Switzerland, from 20th to 24th January, 2020. The Forum was held under the theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”. World leaders; government officials, business leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), religious leaders and academics discussed emerging socio-economic challenges facing humanity.

Attendance of the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku Azerbaijan

Herald

    

Nov. 6, 2019

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, who led a Government delegation to the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 25 to 26 October 2019 briefed Cabinet on proceedings and outcome of the summit. Cabinet noted the report with satisfaction amid indications that several countries spoke very strongly in solidarity with Zimbabwe and called for the removal of the sanctions that are stifling the country’s economic development.

President E.D. Mnangagwa attends the US-Africa business summit in Mozambique

Herald

    

June 19, 2019

President E.D. Mnangagwa flew to Mozambique for the 12th edition of the US-Africa Business Summit, which provides Zimbabwe with a platform to engage with United States of America and African private sector executives, international investors and multilateral stakeholders.

 

EPA with Britain ratified as re-engagement continues to bear fruit

https://www.herald.co.zw/epa-with-britain-ratified-as-re-engagement-continues-to-bear-fruit     

Oct. 14, 2020

Zimbabwe has ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Britain that allows Zimbabwean exporters access to UK markets free of tariffs and quotas and is expected to boost trade and investment between the two countries as Government’s re-engagement drive continues to bear fruit.