Zimbabwe-China cooperation deepens; key infrastructure projects at various stages of completion

By Oleen Ndori

The year 2022 has seen Zimbabwe-China relations take a new dimension, with numerous infrastructure projects being completed while others are at various stages of completion.

China’s continued support towards Zimbabwe’s infrastructure development is bearing fruit with the projects giving the country a massive facelift.

This Monday, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Guo Shaochun along with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Ambassador Fredrick Shava toured the New Parliament Building, National Pharmaceutical Warehouse and the Robert Mugabe International Airport expansion project, all funded by the Asian giant.

The magnificent New Parliament Building, which is now complete and situated on a hilltop, is a six-storey circular building between two- and four-part blocks which will house the National Assembly and Senate.

The new legislative house will be officially opened by President Emmerson Mnangagwa this year.

With the aim of increasing holding capacity for pharmaceutical supplies, the US$25 million Pharmaceutical Warehouse is expected to provide better storage facilities for pharmaceutical products.

It also part of the Second Republic’s initiative to reduce reliance on imports as part of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Strategy launched by government last year.

Briefing journalists after the touring the Robert Mugabe International Airport Expansion Project, Ambassador Shava said the three projects and more lined up under the framework continue to cement Harare-Beijing relations.

“These projects reflect the important relations that exist between the two countries and support from our all-weather friend in achieving set goals by government,” he said.

His Excellency Shaochun said the Asian giant remains committed to nurturing relations between the two countries.

“We remain committed to seeing development in Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa.”

The Robert Mugabe International Airport Expansion Project which is nearing completion includes construction of a new international terminal building of about 35 000 square metres, a VVIP building and a new airport apron of 42 000 square metres.