EU donates motor vehicles worth €120k to Zimbabwe

Phillipa Jaja

The European Union (EU) has donated close to €120 000 worth of motor vehicles to three key Government ministries through the Zimbabwe Economic Partnership Agreement (ZEPA).

Demonstrative of a continued partnership between the EU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (MFAIT), ZEPA is a €10 million EUR (over 11 million USD) intervention seeking to assist the country with the implementation of the Zimbabwe – EU free trade agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The EU money will be availed to three beneficiary institutions namely; the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development and the National Plant Protection Office housed under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development.

“It is my pleasure and honour to welcome you all to this official handover ceremony of three (3), 4×4 Isuzu vehicles purchased through the Zimbabwe Economic Partnership Agreement (ZEPA) Support project, funded by the European Union (EU), at a cost of €115 026. These vehicles we are receiving today, adds to the growing list of deliverables that have been achieved through the ZEPA, which includes policy reviews and capacity building, to various Ministries and Agencies such as ZIMTRADE, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) and National Competitive Commission (NCC) to name a few.

“The support from the EU dovetails with the Republic of Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030, “Towards a Prosperous and 4 Empowered Upper Middle-Income Society by 2030.” The advent of the Second Republic saw a major shift towards economic diplomacy that is being championed by the President, His Excellency, Dr ED Mnangagwa, anchored upon the national economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), which runs from 2021- 2025,” the Acting Foreign Affairs and International Trade Secretary Ambassador Pavelyn Musaka said at the handover ceremony in the capital today.
She revealed that she had been informed of a pending delivery of ICT equipment.

The Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Zimbabwe, Mr Franck Porte said the occasion confirmed the results of cooperation between the two parties.

“Today we witnessed some of the tangible outcomes of the €10 000 000 support under the ongoing TAZEPA project as we handover three vehicles to three entities that each have key responsibilities in that field.

“Through these vehicles the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and SMEs Development gains the means to engage with SMEs in remote regions affording the opportunity to foster projection, business linkages and marketing access,” he said.

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