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Zimbabwe – India cooperation set to increase

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

The Indian government has expressed satisfaction with the strong cooperation between India and Zimbabwe in various sectors, particularly commerce and industry.

This comes as both nations look to further strengthen their bilateral relations.

India boasts a significant investment presence in Zimbabwe, estimated at US$500 million. Indian companies are active in beverages, pharmaceuticals, and agro-processing, with Varun Beverages, Surface Wilmar, and Mulk Holdings being some notable examples.

Zimbabwe’s exports to India, exceeding US$37 million in 2023, primarily consist of tobacco and iron ore.

During International Day of Yoga celebrations in Victoria Falls, Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Vijay Khanduja emphasised the vast potential for expanding collaboration.

“The sky is the limit, we have sent missions to mars, to the moon, to sun, so when we think of India-Zimbabwe relations we should be taking it up into the sky. It should be more vibrant, more close and more friendly. In terms of sector cooperation, the sky is the limit. A number of countries are looking at investing in Zimbabwe; be it the field of agriculture, infrastructure, solar energy, health, food processing industries,

“I see cooperation extending in all these areas. His Excellency President Mnangagwa has been saying that Zimbabwe is open for business and Indian companies are actually doing very well. They are a practical manifestation of the slogan that Zimbabwe is open for business,” said Ambassador Khanduja.

Yoga enthusiasts in Victoria Falls shared their experiences and growing interest in the practice.

“The experience is good it takes us away from our daily routines, we have even joined the local yoga club.”

“Everyone else out there must try yoga, it’s refreshing.”

“I have a collection of students that have been practicing with me for almost four years. I started off with 10 or so students and I’m happy to say that I’m up to 100 students that come to practice with me every week,” said Yoga organiser, Kerrith O’Fee.

Beyond its health benefits, yoga’s growing popularity presents a potential tourism opportunity, particularly attracting visitors from the Indian market. Yoga, with its roots in India, offers a unique cultural experience that complements a destination’s artistic, cultural, and sporting offerings.

Yoga, originating in northern India over 5 000 years ago, promotes not only physical well-being but also mental and emotional well-being.

The combination makes yoga an attractive activity for tourists seeking a holistic travel experience.

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