President Mnangagwa arrives in Brussels for EU-AU summit

By Thembi Mangena

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Brussels, Belgium for the European Union – African Union summit that begins this Thursday.

Cde Mnangagwa left Harare last night and is expected to join several heads of State and government from Europe and Africa in engagements pertaining to the two continents.

Upon arrival, the President went into a multi-layered briefing session with country representatives to African Union, EU and other European capitals so the Head of State has a rounded view of affairs, ahead of the Summit, Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba said.

The summit comes as Zimbabwe is pursuing the engagement and re-engagement drive, with Cde Mnangagwa’s government clear on its vision of being a friend to all and enemy to none.

The sixth EU-AU summit is expected to deliberate on how to enhance trade and relations between the two continents as well as issues of COVID-19 vaccine inequity, waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccine production and “ways through which the African pharmaceutical system can be strengthened.”

It will also tackle issues of agriculture and sustainable development, education, culture and vocational training, migration and mobility as well as private sector support and economic integration along with peace, security and governance.

The summit will run between the 17th and 18th of February.