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European Union envoy pays courtesy call on Speaker of Parliament

By Fungai Jachi

THE European Union is impressed with the legislative reforms the Second Republic is undertaking in all sectors with the EU keen to engage parliament to strengthen legislation in various areas of shared interest.

Briefing the media soon after paying a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, the new European Union envoy to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Jobst VON Kirchmann said the legislative reforms being undertaken by the Second Republic have renewed their interest to engage the country.

“This was my first meeting with the Speaker and we have spoken about many things but of interest are the reforms that are being done. The law is being aligned with the constitution which is a big step. Also, I got to appreciate all the processes that are undertaken before laws come into effect and so we now have a better understanding,” he said.

Ambassador VON Kirchmann added that the EU will support Zimbabwe in areas such as women empowerment and curbing gender-based violence.

“We are hopeful that we will work with Zimbabwe very well, we have already injected money in areas that deal with women empowerment and climate change. We also support Vision 2030 and NDS1 and we look forward to working with various communities in the implementation of the programmes.”

Zimbabwe and EU relations are on the mend on the back of the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement policy based on the stance of being an enemy to none and friend to all.

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