Zimbabwe & Egypt to resume cooperation in the health sector

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

ZIMBABWE and Egypt are set to revive trade and bilateral relations through partnerships in various sectors of the economy.

Vice President General (Retd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga met the Egyptian Prime Minister, His Excellency Mostafa Madbouly at his Cairo offices in Egypt Monday with the issue of unfinished projects in the agriculture and health sectors high on the agenda.

The two countries are looking at exploiting their sound diplomatic relations and share experiences on how to improve productive sectors of their respective economies under the banner of the Zimbabwe-Egypt Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation.

“We had the plans for the 4th biggest river in Africa, which is the Zambezi which we share with Zambia and other countries from the top, but that programme had stalled, which we had agreed to have joint win-win programmes in agriculture, especially in the farm of cotton, citrus fruits and grain and other things. The joint health programme which had also stalled we resuscitated it. That joint exchange of medical staff which stalled in 2010 in the 1st Republic we have now re-installed it and we have left the papers for the draft proposals which we have done for the pharmaceutical plans to be established in Zimbabwe and on the exchange of medical staff,” said VP Chiwenga.

Zimbabwean Ambassador to Egypt, Air Marshal Retired Shebba Shumbayaonda, welcomed the political will in Zimbabwe’s re-engagement drive.

“We are trying to rebuild and strengthen our relations between the two countries all this effort is to try and resuscitate some projects which had fizzled out. I see our relations improving and we see it being very possible that the pharmaceutical companies will come to Zimbabwe to set up their factories there and we start manufacturing drugs. Our relations and corporations did not start now. We used to have Egyptian doctors coming to Zimbabwe to assist us in various fields. So, I see it as a possibility that the pharmaceuticals will come to Zimbabwe and set up factories there,” said Ambassador Shumbayaonda.

Several Egyptian companies, which are into steel-making, food processing and manufacturing of agricultural equipment have shown interest of investing in Zimbabwe.