Story by Bruce Chahwnda, Political Editor
ZIMBABWE is fast becoming a destination of choice for investors judging by the number of foreign delegations trooping into the country thereby cementing the success of the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement agenda.
The Second Republic has scored a number of diplomatic victories since its inception five years ago and this has cascaded to political, social and economic spheres.
Within a month, Zimbabwe has seen an influx of business delegations and continental leaders while also enjoying remarkable success on outward missions, cementing the view that the engagement and re-engagement policy is bearing fruit.
This comes at a time when Zimbabwe has four delegations from different countries exploring investment opportunities while enhancing bilateral ties with Harare.
Political analyst Mr Takudzwa Gambiza and International Relations Expert Mr Gibson Nyikadzino are convinced that the confirms that the Second Republic is walking the talk.
“From the Transform Zimbabwe Summit to the outward Mission in the UK, now with several delegations in the country, this is proof that the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement agenda is bearing fruit. We need to keep advancing this policy framework to continue attracting investment and bridging gaps with other countries,” said Gambiza.
“This is an exciting chapter in the country’s history. Having such a number of business delegations from across the globe is testimony to the effectiveness of the engagement and re-engagement policy. Being an enemy to none and friendly to all being implemented by the second republic has brought good tidings to the nation,” noted Nyikadzino.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador James Manzou noted that the recent developments confirm that the engagement and re-engagement policy is working wonders.
”Zimbabwe is a centre of attraction, if you look in the past week we had Transform Africa, we had King Mswati III, this is really a reflection of the success of our foreign policy of engagement and re-engagement. Zimbabwe is an integral part of the international community and remember we say Zimbabwe is open for business therefore we have this increased interest in terms of trade with other countries and investment,” he said.
The general agreement is that the positive turn of events confirms that Zimbabwe is reaping the benefits of investor-friendly policies enunciated by the Second Republic which has also seen unprecedented rolling out of infrastructure development projects that have transformed the country’s landscape.