By Oleen Ndori
Zimbabwe and Belarus have marked 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries which have witnessed unprecedented exponential growth.
The three decades of diplomatic relations between the two republics has over the years witnessed investment in areas which include transport, agriculture and skills transfer, among others.
In 2019, President Emmerson Mnangagwa embarked on a visit to Belarus as part of efforts to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Ambassador James Manzou-Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said, “The highlight of the relationship was the State Visit to Belarus in January 2019 by His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa, during which our two leaders committed to strengthening co-operation in various sectors of the economy that include Agriculture, Mining, Infrastructural Development and Science and Innovation.
“In addition, several Bilateral Co-operation Agreements were signed, providing a legal framework for that multi-sectoral co-operation. Since that visit, there have been several high-level visits between our countries. Furthermore, Zimbabwe is deeply appreciative for the multi-sectoral benefits it has enjoyed on account of this relationship, which include the two financing facilities of US$50 million and US$51 million for the modernisation of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector. His Excellency, President Mnangagwa officially launched, in September 2020, the Belarus Farm Mechanisation Facility at our Institute of Agricultural Engineering in Hatcliffe in our capital city, Harare.”
Belarusian Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Alexander Sidoruk says the past 30 years have seen the two countries deepening relations for socio-economic development.
“The past 30 years has seen the deepening of relations between Belarus and Zimbabwe and particularly in the past 25 years has seen cooperation in numerous joint projects. It is particular to note significant strides made in the political, humanitarian and different projects,” he noted.
Belarus will open an Embassy in Harare this year in the spirit of demonstrating the excellent relations between the two countries.
Additionally, Zimbabwe is looking towards the consummation of the Joint Venture Proposal for the Local Production of Buses and signing of the Agreement for the creation of a Joint Transport Company and Joint Zimbabwe-Belarus Agriculture Enterprise.