Britain back at ZITF after 20-year absence

By Yolanda Moyo

ZIMBABWE continues to score big on the diplomatic front, with Britain having made a welcome return to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair after a two-decade absence.

This comes on the back of government’s pursuit of the engagement and re-engagement agenda with all countries, including Britain.

The British Embassy has returned to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair with hopes of creating linkages with local companies.

British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Melanie Robinson said her country is keen on increasing sound trade relations with Zimbabwe, a position that is in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement drive.

“For the first time after 20 years, here we are exhibiting at the ZITF and this is a sign that relations between the two countries are improving greatly. Last year, despite COVID-19, we traded worth hundreds of millions and there are a number of products that are being taken to Britain from Zimbabwe,” said the Ambassador.

Britain also gave a confidence vote on the economic policies being implemented by the Second Republic to ensure economic growth.

“From the exhibition here, we can say that industry in Zimbabwe is growing compared to previous years,” she said.

The world is mellowing to the Second Republic reform agenda as enunciated by the country’s Chief Diplomat, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has declared the country a “friend to all and enemy to none”.