Story by Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to cooperate with Dubai to advance technological innovations in the security sector.
The President who is in Dubai to attend the World Governments Summit, said this after touring the general headquarters of the Dubai Police this Monday.
The 11th edition of the summit is running under the theme: ‘Shaping Future Governments,’ with focus on strengthening global cooperation.
The summit will provide world leaders a platform to look into the impact of technological advancements and how governments can harness them for economic growth and sustainable development.
President Mnangagwa, who will address at the summit this Tuesday, has in the meantime toured the general headquarters of the Dubai Police where he had an appreciation of the technology used to monitor centralised security systems within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Police Force.
Speaking after the tour, President Mnangagwa noted the need for Zimbabwe to cooperate with the UAE in leapfrogging its technology within the security and other sectors.
“I have been intrigued by absolutely everything I have seen, we need serious cooperation between Zimbabwe and Dubai, this is the way to go in terms of the police, technology in action,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also said Zimbabwe will take advantage of its strong ties with Dubai to harness its expertise, “We say science and tech is the way to go for our education, I think the people of UAE are way ahead and we need collaboratios so that our students come and learn a lot. I have my Minister of Science and Tech, I want him to see what is here. There is no need to invent the wheel, Dubai is friends with Zimbabwe we need to leapfrog our technology using what’s in Dubai.”
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa met the UAE Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan.
The issue of cooperation in the agricultural sector was high on the agenda in the closed-door meeting.