Story by Political Editor, Bruce Chahwanda
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent off four ambassador designates on foreign missions to Russia, Japan, Iran and Brazil.
The diplomats were excited about their new assignments and pledged to work tirelessly to bring investments into the country and broaden areas of cooperation in various sectors of the economy in the spirit of economic diplomacy.
They were speaking at the State House in Harare this Friday.
“Zimbabwe and Russia have very warm relations and we need to consolidate that relationship and become stronger on the economic and trade side that will be where my attention will be,” said Cde Ambrose Mutinhiri, Ambassador-designate to Russia.
“We are looking forward to where we can boost relations, particularly in the area of agriculture and higher and tertiary education,” said Mr Meshack Kitchen, Ambassador-designate to Brazil.
Mr Stewart Nyakotyo, Ambassador-designate to Japan and South Korea said, “We look forward to expanding our trade with Japan. It has an interest in importing ore and ferrochrome and minerals such as platinum and others which Zimbabwe produces. This is an area we think we can benefit from.”
“We have a deficit in terms of modern equipment. We would expect to partner with Iran firms in terms of the supply of equipment for our major referral hospitals such as Sally Mugabe, Parirenyatwa and Mpilo. We also look at the deficit in pharmaceuticals in both human and veterinary services,” said Ambassador-designate to Iran, Mr Bright Kupemba.
The diplomats were sent off as Zimbabwe continues with its engagement and re-engagement agenda, which also focuses on luring investments into the country through its diplomaric missions abroad.