The President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has implored Zimbabwe’s ambassadors abroad to send a uniform, unwavering and unequivocal voice that Zimbabwe is open for business.
Addressing the country’s heads of missions at a reception at State House in Harare this afternoon, the President urged the ambassadors to migrate from the old way of doing business where some missions fail to submit reports of their activities in the foreign country from January to December.
The 41 representatives of Zimbabwe abroad came together to hear from the President Cde Mnangagwa after spending a weeklong workshop on the country’s new policy thrust following the advent of the new dispensation in November.
Vice Presidents, Retired General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga, and Cde Kembo Mohadi, Ministers Sibusiso Moyo, Dr Chris Mushohwe, Special Advisor to the President Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Joey Bimha and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Cde George Charamba were also in attendance.
The President outlined the ambassadors’ new task in the new dispensation which has seen the Ministry of Foreign Affairs having an additional task of taking care of international trade.
He said wooing foreign direct investment, promoting trade and re-engagement is the new thrust of Zimbabwe’s foreign ambassadors in the new era.
Cde Mnangagwa said the new trajectory demands that the ambassadors be efficient, effective and professional.
He urged them to improve their responsiveness to enquiries and facilitating of appropriate linkages.
President Mnangagwa tasked the country’s diplomats to engage and organise Zimbabweans in the diaspora in the various countries they are stationed saying there should be a comprehensive database of Zimbabwean nationals within their jurisdiction to enable them to participate in the development of their country.
The President also emphasized that he will soon be holding an all political party conference to ensure that the forthcoming elections will be non violent and that it abides to the dictates of a free, fair and credible election.
Turning to the domestic front, President Mnangagwa stressed his mantra on zero tolerance to corruption irrespective of one’s social standing.
Dean of Zimbabwean Diplomats abroad Ambassador Mark Marongwe expressed gratitude to the President on the diplomats’ behalf while Ambassador Bimba was master of ceremonies.