Zimbabwe-France relations centre of attraction as France marks Bastille Day

By Oleen Ndori

Zimbabwe and France have pledged to deepen cooperation in various sectors for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

As more French companies continue to express interest in various fields of interest ranging from energy and agriculture to arts and culture, France Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Laurent Chevallier says his country is committed to strengthening bilateral relations.

It was the major take away at commemorations to mark the French National Day also known as Bastille Day at the French embassy in Harare this Thursday.

“Let me express France’s willingness to strengthen relations with Zimbabwe, partnership between Zimbabwe and the European Union in different sectors that include, arts and culture, research, agriculture, energy,” His Excellency Chevallier said.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu expressed gratitude towards the support rendered by France to Zimbabwe in various sectors of the economy.

“I was heartened by your reaffirmation of France’s commitment as a key European Union member state to contribute towards improvement of Zimbabwe-EU relations. Please be assured that in Zimbabwe, France and the rest of the EU bloc have a partner committed to sincere dialogue that ensures win-win outcomes,” he said.

Zimbabwe and France share cordial relations with French-owned firms having presence in business portfolios such as agro-processing, retail and distribution, construction, finance and trade, among others.    

This comes just two weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the Great Zimbabwe Development Project funded by the French Development Agency which will among other initiatives see the enhancement of infrastructure at the world heritage site and tourism promotion.