Zim, EU forge ahead with re-engagement

09 Oct, 2019 - 16:10 0 Views
Zim, EU forge ahead with re-engagement Mr James  Manzou

eBusiness Weekly

HARARE – The Zimbabwe government and the  European Union (EU) will convene another round of political dialogue  next month as part of the resuscitated engagement forum between the two,  a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe and the EU launched formal political dialogue in June this  year following years of informal engagements, opening a new chapter in  relations which had soured at the turn of the millennium.

The dialogue framework is based on Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership  Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)  countries which outlines the specific modalities for regular,  comprehensive and balanced political dialogue between the two sides.

The dialogue pact between Zimbabwe and the EU is a direct result of the  re-engagement agenda being pursued by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s  government.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade permanent secretary James  Manzou said dialogue with the EU and other Western countries that had  turned hostile to Zimbabwe remained critical.

“Very soon you will see the continuation of our dialogue with the EU,  which will be next month,” he told Parliament during a pre-budget  hearing.

“It is out of the understanding that only a fully re-engaged Zimbabwe  can be able to attract foreign investment.”

Since the coming in of the new dispensation in 2017, Zimbabwe has  received massive goodwill and support from the international community  particularly Western countries which had turned hostile in protest over  the land reform program.

The differences led to, among other things, the imposition of economic  sanctions against Zimbabwe by countries opposed to the agrarian reforms.

But in a show of confidence in the new administration, most Western  countries have re-opened avenues to rekindle the relationship with  Zimbabwe, with the political dialogue pact with the EU being an example  of such a re-embrace. – New Ziana

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