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ED Says Re-engagement Allowed Zimbabwe To Win Back Old Friends As EU Announces €400 m Facility

ED Says Re-engagement Allowed Zimbabwe To Win Back Old Friends As EU Announces €400 m Facility

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says re-engagement has allowed Zimbabwe to win back old friends and partners lost over the years for various reasons.

He made the remarks in his weekly column in The Sunday Mail yesterday, saying improved relations with the European Union (EU) have opened a new chapter that has seen the country receiving US$47 million in aid for the Health Ministry and funding for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). He said:

Only last week, the EU bloc launched its “Team Europe”, a new rubric under which the 27 countries comprising the bloc will coordinate and consolidate relations with us, this time through Government, and in line with, and in support of our priorities under Government’s National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

This is the first time that the EU has disbursed directly to Zimbabwe through structures of our Government.

All along, relations were being conducted asymmetrically and unconventionally through non-governmental organisations.

The bloc has already announced a €400 million facility to run for the next couple of years, including to the private sector through its European Investment Bank (EIB).

Over and above releasing US$47 million to our Ministry of Health and Child Care, and to our Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) only last week, the EU has pledged to support our programmes under NDS1, focusing on two critical areas of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and that of Greener and Climate Smart Agriculture.

Who would have dreamt of such significant practical interventions by the European bloc only a few months back?

I want to acknowledge and applaud the salutary role played by the new EU Ambassador, His Excellency Jobst von Kirchmann.

It was only recently, on October 12, 2022, that I received him at State House.

Zimbabwe embarked on an engagement and engagement agenda in 2017 when Mnangagwa ascended to power, close to two decades after cutting ties with the West.

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27 Comments

Boss Scott 2 months ago

Who (gives a ****) cares anyway


I love my country 2 months ago

I do...

mtt 2 months ago

i do too

Boss Scott 2 months ago

Who (gives a ****) cares anyway


ndunge 2 months ago

zoratidzazvega kuti zanu inoda EU kutizvinhu zvinake munyika mungarambe henyu asindochokwadi ..check pese pavanopiwa mari ne EU noise yacho kunge ngweeee


Maparamuro 2 months ago

Dead aid.
What is Europe getting in return? There are no free rides in this world.


Sir African 2 months ago

Mnangagwa is a shameless lair,the EU and USA have been has been giving humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe since independence but placed those who were involved in human right abuses on targeted sanctions.

Nothing has changed .


mtt 2 months ago

things have changed uk is not anymore in EU block hence the paradigm shift

Doug 2 months ago

America, UK and NGOs have been and are still giving much more than that without engagement or reengagement despite the unkind words from some of the citizens. I hope the European Union gives money for resuscitation of the Cold Storage Commission, including its ranches, so they can buy more than the amount of beef they used to buy before.


Asalif 2 months ago

word not forgetting the 5000 employees

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Cde hondo 2 months ago

So where are sanctions when yu get this much financial aid. If EU were to audit this funds most will be found stolen by your administration


Elliot 2 months ago

@cde hondo it's called biting thehandthatfeeds you and being ungrateful .EVen the Eu knows that half of the money will be stollen but because of soft deplomacy they continue to help this Poor ungrateful unthankful arrogant country so that it can have better hospitals.EU WE THANK YOU 💕💞💓💗❣️♥️God bless Eu.

Falot 2 months ago

Ndaifunga kuti ndini ndega ndinofara ndikanyemwererwa neveganda chena (former colonisers)


Maparamuro 2 months ago

Anyone interested in this aid should read the book Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo.
This aid does not benefit the recipient countries but the donor countries.


juru 2 months ago

I'm sorry olive my wife


Roja 2 months ago

Uyuwo uyu, unokwirirwa mukadzi woramba uchimukumbira ruregerero?

2 months ago

People know that the EU has always been doing this Don't start your usual lies again Tinokuzivai These guys really think that Zimbos are f-o-o-l-s


mtt 2 months ago

unotsamwira kuti zim yapiwa rubatsiro ibvai muabvakure kure muende kunyika dzenyu vanaMalawi hakuna muzimbo ane normal senses aingaita saizvozvo

mmtt 2 months ago

mabhurandaya woyee

👤 1 month ago

hapana atsamwa asi zviri kungonzi Zimbabwe yagara inobatsirwa kwete kuita senge zvatanga nhasi.ndizvo zviri kuramba ruzhinji kuti tagara tobatsirwa kubva nekubva

Gurausiku 2 months ago

ko chamisa unoitei kkkkk ccc mucha kaura.


2 months ago

Chamisa angagoiteyi iye asiri kutonga Wakambowona kupi where the country is run by the opposition Can't you see that you are asking a s-i-l-l-y question?

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

For some it pains to see good relations btwn Zim n EU, saka unodei nhai munhu 😂


Tateguru 2 months ago

VaMasinire vakangwarira basa ava


Jah 🇿🇼 Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

its a if you can't beat them join them situation, EU can foretell that change wont be easy...


doc vickela 2 months ago

it's just an update on the achievements that he has acquired hameno ktuka kwenyu ndekwei apa vanhu vasingade kunzwa chakanaka


Anonymous 2 months ago

Saka chaitwa chii nemari yacho vanhu varikungoshaya mishonga muzvipatara wani.



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