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On 5 June 2019, the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the European Union (EU) launched the formal political dialogue process in accordance with Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement (2000). The Cotonou Agreement governs relations between the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the EU.
The formal political dialogue seeks to create greater understanding between Zimbabwe and the EU.
Ambassador James Manzou, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade co-chaired proceedings with Ambassador Timo Olkkonen, the EU Head of Delegation to Zimbabwe. Mr. Zvinechimwe Churu, Acting Secretary for Finance and Economic Development; Mrs. Virginia Mabiza, Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; and Mr. Gibson Chijarira, Acting Secretary for Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement participated in the political dialogue.
The EU Head of Delegation was supported by EU Ambassadors and Heads of Mission accredited to Zimbabwe from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Discussions focused on areas of interest to Zimbabwe and the EU, inter alia: investment, trade and economic development; climate change and humanitarian assistance; human rights, democracy, good governance and the rule of law; development cooperation; and regional and international cooperation.
The dialogue was conducted in a frank, constructive and cordial atmosphere and paved way for enhanced cooperation between Zimbabwe and the EU.
The next session is planned for November 2019.