25 March 2019

Zimbabwe: 'Revisit MOUs Signed With India'

Zimbabwe's ambassador to India Mr Maxwell Ranga has urged some Government ministries to revisit the six Memoranda of Understanding signed by the two governments four months ago and submit their respective requirements to enable speedy implementation.

President Mnangagwa and Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in November last year signed six agreements for cooperation in the fields of geology, mining and mineral resources, traditional medicine and homeopathy, as well as the field of arts.

Zimbabwe and India also agreed to waiver visa requirement for diplomatic or service passports.

An action plan on information and communication technology was also agreed upon.

They also agreed on cooperation and collaboration in broadcasting, culture and heritage.

In an interview, Ambassador Ranga said India was now ready, but implementation was being stalled by the delay by some relevant ministries in submitting their written requirements.

Mr Ranga said the ministries in question should play their part to enable the two governments to walk the talk.

"The two governments inked the agreements, but implementation can only be done upon submission of each ministry's requirements in line with the MoUs.

"It is my wish that the relevant ministries revisit the MoUs signed by the governments to propel implementation."

India also agreed to supply 10 ambulances to Zimbabwe, which are yet to be delivered.

India is also expected to give life-saving drugs to Zimbabwe.

The Prasar Bharati and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation signed an MoU on cooperation and collaboration in broadcasting.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean embassy in India has secured a donation of a cancer diagnosis and treatment machine for Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

"We have managed to convince Indian Government to donate to us a cancer diagnosis and treatment machine which will soon be handed over to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, said Ambassador Ranga.

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