By Memory Chamisa
A Germany political party foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has pledged to work with government and Parliament in strengthening social and democratic political participation.
The new Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Mr Thilo Norbert Schone has paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda where the issue of developing ideas for shaping a better future for young people was high on the agenda.
Emerging from a closed door meeting, Mr Schone gave an insight into the projects his organisation is carrying out in Zimbabwe.
“I have come here to pay a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament as we have a lot of projects .We can only confront global challenges such as climate change, illicit financial flows or migration by acting jointly with the countries of Africa. Therefore, we are committed to global partnership with the countries of Africa, as FES Office in Zimbabwe supports progressive actors in trade unions, civil society and independent media organisations and cooperates with political institutions (i.e. Parliament, Ministries and other state institutions). Partners and activities in Zimbabwe are linked to the regional and international networks, with an emphasis on socio-ecological transformation, democratisation, peace and security,” he said.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is known for encouraging and nurturing political exchange between Africa, Germany and Europe, acting as partner to political parties, parliaments, trade unions, media, civil society groups and the public.
Meanwhile, the Citizens against Economic Sanctions handed over a petition to Parliament as it lobbies for an Anti-Sanctions Budget Fund Bill.
“The citizens against economic sanctions is hereby petitioning the Parliament of Zimbabwe to pit a motion to debate and pass a bill that will compel the government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Finance to provide for a national anti- sanctions budget fund that will be used by organisations like us to fight sanctions,” said Mr Martin Zharare, Executive Director Citizens Against Economic Sanctions.
A number of organisations have been lobbying for the removal of the illegal sanctions that have stifled economic development in Zimbabwe for the past twenty years, with SADC having declared the 25th of October an Anti-Sanctions Day.