Indonesia keen on partnering Zim in agriculture and health sectors

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

INDONESIA has expressed keen interest to partner Zimbabwe in various sectors of the economy which include agriculture, health and transport.

This came out when Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga paid a courtesy call on his Indonesian counterpart, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

With an objective to boost economic ties between Zimbabwe and Indonesia, Vice President Chiwenga paid a courtesy call on his Indonesian counterpart at his offices in Jakarta this Tuesday.

Accompanied by the Zimbabwean ambassador to Indonesia, Her Excellency Sophia Nyamudeza, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka and other senior government officials, Vice President Chiwenga and his Indonesian counterpart discussed various areas of corporation ranging from agriculture to health.

“I had quiet a number of fruitful meetings. Vice President Ma’ruf was thrilled and excited to receive us,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

“The first issue which we discussed with him was the economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and Indonesia on the construction of our railway line where they said they were interested to be considered to be part of the companies that are making their offers.

“We also discussed several issues on the ministry of defence, the corporation which we have, you are aware we have sent students who are studying here, we have exchange programmes between the two countries. We also discussed the health issues between our countries, they have developed quiet a lot in the areas of vaccines and insulins and these are the areas which we are looking at to see if we can have cooperation and they are also interested that Zimbabwe becomes a hub for those particular areas.”

From Vice President Amin’s offices, Dr Chiwenga proceeded to the Zimbabwean Embassy before paying a courtesy call on the Indonesian Minister of Health, Dr Budi Saikin where they discussed further areas of cooperation in the health sector.

“The Vice president of Zimbabwe was sharing his aspirations, how Zimbabwe can build the health system resilience by having all the vaccines, the medical products in the country and I strongly believe that especially the southern countries in the global South need to be independent in terms of resources and development capabilities but also the manufacturing capabilities because when pandemic hits us we need to make sure that all the countries are able to respond. Indonesia has competencies in vaccines and also in medicine pharmaceutical companies,” said Dr Saikin.

Vice President Chiwenga is in Indonesia to attend the 2022 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) high level meeting, which is expected to be officially opened by Indonesian President Joko Widodo this Wednesday.