Zim-Iran JPCC review discusses ways of strengthening bi-lateral trade

Zim-Iran JPCC review discusses ways of strengthening bi-lateral trade

By Oleen Ndori, International News Editor

THE eighth session of the Zimbabwe-Iran Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) Mid-Term Review which is underway in Harare is discussing ways of harnessing political relations to ensure the growth of trade between the two nations.

Key reforms of the United Nations have been a rallying point for most member states ahead of the leaders ‘meeting set for this September in New York.

With Zimbabwe and Iran being victims of unilateral economic embargos placed by Western nations, the need to expand political relations to economic and trade spheres have become imperative.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Permanent Secretary, Ambassador James Manzou who is also a co-chair at the session, concured that South-South cooperation is critical to harness cooperation for the economic development of the two countries.

“Our two countries enjoy excellent political relations that have transcended many administrations and generations. These relations have translated into close co-operation between our two delegations at international fora, including at the Non-Aligned Movement.

Given such a rich background of co-operation, we should strive to develop and expand our trade and economic relations for the benefit of our two countries and people. Foras like this one also offer an opportunity to share our experiences on how to frustrate the inglorious vocations of our detractors,” he said.

“Zimbabwe and Iran are the innocent victims of illegal and ruinous sanctions by western countries over our sovereign decisions to pursue independent paths of development. In the spirit of South-South Co-operation, we should harness our resources to further develop our two nations so that we reduce our dependence on industrialised countries,” he added.

Head of the Iranian Delegation and Director General of International Affairs in the Ministry of Co-operatives, Labour and Social Welfare of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hamed Forouzan said his country recognises Zimbabwe as a strategic partner and key ally on international forums.

“This meeting will be an opportunity to assess challenges and progress and prepare for the next session of the JPCC. Iran identifies Zimbabwe as a strategic partner and key ally and we consider a lot of value from this friendship.

“We have witnessed over the years visits by our supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, present and former Presidents as well business community leaders to Zimbabwe. We look forward to extend our political relations to economics and trade facets,” he said.

As world leaders prepare to converge in New York for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, discussions surrounding multilateralism as a key driver in global geopolitics, United Nations reforms and the place of developing economies in the global community of nations are expected to take centre stage.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will ably represent Zimbabwe at the General Assembly in New York next month with his head held high after a number of milestones on the economic development front despite the yoke of illegal sanctions.