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Zimbabwean diplomats speak on engagement and re-engagement

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Desk Editor

ZIMBABWE’s top envoys to various countries across the world are excited to be part of the country’s engagement and re-engagement agenda.

The ambassadors, who have been on a retreat in Masvingo this week, are also eager to play an active role in global efforts to go green and mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

In the coming few weeks, the world will converge in the United Arab Emirates for the 28th Conference of Parties meeting (COP28) to assess efforts that have been made in the past 12 months in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Various initiatives have been put in place by different member states including the adoption of solar energy and the conversion of waste to energy.

In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of the ambassadors’ retreat in Masvingo this Thursday, Zimbabwe’s top envoy to Sweden and the Balkan States, Ambassador Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said engagements regarding solar energy development are going well as the country seeks to put an end to challenges in the energy field.

“One of our major priorities is the issue of going green while developing the energy sector which presents major challenges, but opportunities as well. So, we are engaging the ZETDC and firms in the European states that I represent Zimbabwe so that we establish solar energy parks that will put to an end the challenges we are facing in that specific sector,” she said.

While conversations in energy development persist, other diplomats representing Zimbabwe in Turkey and Rwanda are upbeat on the positive response that the mantra Zimbabwe is open for business has received.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka apprised the diplomats of strides made in the sector particularly success in the wheat farming sub-sector that has led to the country becoming one of the top producers of the cereal crop across the globe.

“Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are among the top producers of wheat this year owing to the support the government has made to the sub-sector and we are looking at not only being self-sufficient but also exporting, thereby increasing the country’s foreign direct investment and I believe your missions can support this vision under the Second Republic,” he said.

Zimbabwe has in the past five years recorded significant growth in economic ties by opening new and previously closed embassies and consuls in countries such as Belarus, Rwanda, and Sweden as the second Republic moves with its message of economic diplomacy for sustainable growth in the country.

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