President Mnangagwa remains committed to Engagement and Re-engagement diplomacy
Cabinet reported on the attendance of President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Geopolitical events in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Italy and Switzerland as a show of the President’s committed to Engagement and Re-engagement diplomacy.
Speaking at the Post Cabinet briefing, Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Dr Jenfan Muswere told the press that President Mnangagwa joined a dozen of Heads of State and Government to witness the inauguration of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) president-elect Felix Tshisekedi that occurred on 20 January 2024.
In general elections that were held on December 20, President Tshisekedi secured a second term of office with a dominant 73,47 percent of the vote, while main opposition candidate Moise Katumbi trailed behind with 18,08 percent, according to the Constitutional Court of the DRC.
“The well-attended and peaceful ceremony was also attended by the Presidents of South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi and Angola. In his inauguration speech, President Tshisekedi called for a more united, stronger and prosperous Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Dr Muswere.
Zimbabwe and DRC enjoy cordial relations and following Mr Tshisekedi’s electoral triumph, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will remain a true and consistent friend of DRC.
He said Zimbabwe stands ready to continue up-scaling cooperation in various areas for the mutual benefit of both nations.
In his congratulatory message, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was committed to building on already existing cordial relations through increasing bilateral cooperation with the DRC.
He said Zimbabwe was prepared to cooperate with the DRC on regional, continental and international platforms.
Furthermore, His Excellency the President, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa, led a delegation to the Italy-Africa Summit from 28th to 30th January, 2024.
The Summit was held under the theme, “A Bridge for Common Growth.” The objective of the Summit was for the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to present Italy’s strategic plan of cooperation with Africa, and to increase economic cooperation in several sectors for the benefit of both Africa and Italy.
Doctor Muswere explained that the development model called the Mattei Plan, named after Enrico Mattei, founder of Italy’s energy company, seeks to transform Italy into Europe’s gateway for Energy from Africa. The plan also seeks to increase investment into Africa so as to curb illegal migration to Europe.
During the Food Security Session, President Mnangagwa highlighted the importance of food security for safeguarding Africa’s stability.
He underscored the need for the continent to be food secure first as part of measures to address socio-political stability and ensure sustained economic growth and prosperity. The President stressed the significance of empowering communal and smallholder farmers, as well as women and youths, who form the backbone of agriculture in countries such as Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has taken several initiatives to boost its energy generation capacity in the wake of the growing industrial sector, anchored by the Government’s economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy. Some of the initiatives include the rehabilitation of Hwange Unit 7 and 8, licencing of Independent Power Producers, among others.
Italy will take over the presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) most industrialised nations this year and has pledged to make Africa a central theme during its reign.
President Mnangagwa’s presence at the summit dovetails with the Second Republic’s foreign policy trajectory that Zimbabwe is a friend to all and an enemy to none.
The convening of international forums presents an opportunity for governments to interact with relevant organisations as they seek solutions to better and grow their economies.