Ranga Mataire-Associate Editor
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Frederick Shava, has embarked on a mission of engagement and re-engagement in Europe which will see him interact with the foreign ministers of France, Belgium, Italy and Serbia.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokesperson Constance Chemwayi said the minister’s visit to Europe was part of the government’s initiative to engage the countries of the European bloc and brief them on the situation in the countries, in particular by encouraging them to invest in various sectors. economy.
“The Honorable Minister would seek to advance the respective bilateral relations by promoting investment and trade. He will also use his participation in two multilateral forums in Italy and Serbia, the Italy-Africa conference and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference to rally multilateral support for Zimbabwe’s engagement and re-engagement with the international community. ”Ms. Chemwayi said. .
The Italy-Africa summit will be held on October 8, 2021. It will be the third such conference after the first in 2016. The conference is expected to bring together delegations from 54 African countries, institutions, companies and universities.
This year’s summit coincides with the Italian Presidency of the G20 and is themed: “People, Planet, Prosperity”.
In addition to the Italy-Africa conference, Minister Shava is due to attend the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement on October 11 and 12 in Belgrade. The organization was established in 1961.
According to a statement by Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, his country will hold the important jubilee of countries not aligned with Azerbaijan, which currently chairs the NAM.
Serbian President Josip Broz Tito was one of the founders of NAM whose goals include creating a vision for a different world.
Minister Selakovic said that NAM has been throughout its history a beacon of freedom for all who seek the right to exist and prosper in a world that is often ruled not by the force of law, but by the law of force.
“The spirit of non-alignment is based on equality, freedom, lasting peace, sovereign equality of states and peaceful cooperation of all peoples, and these values are also woven into the foundations of building the State of Serbia, ”Minister Selakovic said.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that the inequalities, lack of solidarity and empathy in the world have become very evident in the most brutal way. Zimbabwe maintains cordial relations with Serbia.
The two countries agreed in August this year to work to re-establish diplomatic relations which will see the two countries cooperate on various development issues. The Serbian foreign minister visited the country in August and met with his Zimbabwean counterpart where they agreed to establish diplomatic missions.
The two ministers also signed a Covid-19 vaccine donation agreement under which Serbia pledged to donate 30,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.