Zimbabwe & India set to increase cooperation in the health sector

By Josephine Mugiyo

Diplomatic Correspondent

ZIMBABWE is pursuing cooperation with India in areas such as health, as the two countries continue to strengthen bi-lateral relations.

Zimbabwe and India have over the years maintained strong ties, which have among other developments seen the facilitation of lines of credit for the construction of the Hwange and Bulawayo power stations with the focus now turning to the health sector after the Asian country provided Covid-19 vaccines.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador James Manzou, who was speaking at the event to mark India’s 73rd Republic Day this Wednesday said Zimbabwe appreciates support from India in various sectors of the economy.

“We have enjoyed close relations with India and we are hopeful the relations will continue to grow. The cooperation between Zimbabwe and India in human capital development is important. We believe we will see more cooperation in terms of health.”

The Indian Republic Day is a commemoration of the day when the Asian country adopted its constitution and became a sovereign state. India’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Ambassador Vijay Khanduja noted the importance of linkages in the education and cultural sectors.

“Our friendship is tried and tested. We will continue to have linkages and cultural exchanges. Business interaction between the two counties continued in the COVID-19.”

The second republic has placed emphasis on pursuing economic diplomacy to ensure Zimbabwe maximises on trade with other countries