Europe warms up to Zim. . . Regional bloc hails new government’s economic revival efforts

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle Reporter
THE European Union (EU) has indicated that it is ready to engage Zimbabwe following the transition that saw a new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa taking over in November last year.

The bloc hailed President Mnangagwa’s efforts to revive the country’s economy that has seen the implementation of a number of reforms.

In a statement, the European Council (EC) on Monday said it was open for dialogue with the new Government and other political players in the country.

“The EU reaffirms its availability to engage constructively with the new authorities including through a structured political dialogue, with political actors across the spectrum, and with civil society, on the basis of a mutual commitment to shared values focused on human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. It will do so in coordination with African and international partners,” reads the statement.

The council said the ongoing political transition in the country had created high hope among all Zimbabweans.

It said the Government can open the way to a full return to the rule of law, within a constitutional framework and under civilian rule, allowing for the preparation and implementation of much-needed political and economic reforms.

The bloc said it would assist the country in its re-engagement efforts with international organisations.

“The EU welcomes the stated intention of the Zimbabwean authorities to deliver economic reforms in Zimbabwe, aiming at supporting job creation, growth and sustainable long-term development, and reaffirms its willingness to support the planning and implementation of much-needed structural changes and the promotion of good governance,” said the statement.

“In this context, the EU will support the authorities in establishing as soon as possible a constructive re-engagement with international financial institutions based on a clear and time-bound economic and political reform programme”.

The EU said it was looking forward to an invitation to observe the forthcoming harmonised elections to be held later in the year.

“The upcoming electoral process will be an essential step. The EU welcomes the commitment of the authorities to hold elections in line with the constitution, and underlines the importance that the conditions are in place to allow those elections to be peaceful, inclusive, credible and transparent. The EU would consider favourably electoral observation, provided that the required conditions are fulfilled and that an invitation from the Government of Zimbabwe is received,” said the council.

It said it is ready to review the whole range of its policies towards Zimbabwe at any moment to take into account the progress achieved in the country.

President Mnangagwa last week indicated that the United Nations and the EU are welcome to observe the country’s elections to be held this year.

Since coming to power, President Mnangagwa has introduced a raft of changes, among them economic reforms.

He is attending the 48th World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where he is expected to present the country’s investment opportunities.

Reports say the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, is seeking to reconcile Britain with Zimbabwe and is pinning hopes on the latter re-joining the Commonwealth.

A British newspaper, the British Express reported at the weekend, “Asked by a diplomat at a party what her hopes were for this year, the Queen replied, wishing not for world peace, nor even happiness for her own family, but that Zimbabwe will re-join the Commonwealth.”

In an interview with The Financial Times of Britain, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe would re-join the Commonwealth after it pulled out 16 years ago.

“We want fair, free and credible elections,” said President Mnangagwa in the interview.

“In the past, those who had pronounced themselves against us; who pre-determined that our elections would not be free and fair, were not allowed to come in. But now, with this new dispensation, I don’t feel threatened by anything. I would want the United Nations to come, the EU should come. If the Commonwealth were requesting to come, I am disposed to consider their application.”

President Mnangagwa said the country was committed to re-engaging countries with which relations had soured in the past, including Britain.

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  • Lucky Mudimba

    Kkkk be carefully what u wishing for Ed lest u remain with an egg on your face when Mogiza has walloped u on, those free and fair elections. Ask the goblin he hid results for a long long time. Again if he spanks you do not fall back to your default mode of violence. Oh by the way what are u going to say to big brother Chiwenga , be very careful what u wishing for.

  • musa

    EU did not warm up to zimbabwe you praise-singing & bottom-licking journos. That has always being the EU stance – respect of human rights, return to rule of law, engaging all political players across the spectrum. but i hasten to caution on this statement by EU “on the basis of mutual commitment to shared values focused on human rights” that is a back door for allowing open practices of homosexuality as EU views homosexuality as a human right. just my 2 cents

  • Vumani

    The cheerleading and arslicking is nauseating to say the least. Restoration of human rights, respect & equal and unbiased application of the rule of law, and adherence to universal citizenship rights, respect of property rights, unequivocal respect of international law. On the issue of homosexuality it should not be allowed at any costs that’s the only issue I agreed with Gushungo with, its inhuman perverted and unnatural it must not be imposed by outsiders as a condition for diplomatic relations . Capital punishment should be maintained it acts as deterrent to those who have not respect for the sanctity of life. Elections should be monitored by international bodies to allow democratic processes and respect the will of people. Opposition parties should be allowed to campaign freely without fear of harassment & intimidation the national broadcaster should be allowed to give coverage of open political debate across the political spectrum. The government should speed up processing the alignment of legislation with the constitution and address the lingering elephant in the room on title of property. These are the minimal conditions any prospective investors envisage, unless the new dispensation addresses these any prospects of Foreign direct investment will remain a pipe dream.

  • Sikhulu

    Commitment to free and fair elections is not an issue of the new dispensation, but what people of Zimbabwe fought for for the past 60 plus years. Since 1950s when Joshua Nkomo and others started nationalist movements until November 2017, Zimbabweans have been fighting for free and elections against their white and black oppressors.

  • Wellington

    Why is ZBC always broadcasting zanu staff only, and why is chronicle zanu mouth piece, atleast fix that and we will maybe start taking you seriously