• Zimbabwe and Belarus signed an agreement between ZimTrade and Belarusian counterpart partnership

  • The partnership will enhance trade between Zimbabwe and Belarus

  • Zimbabwe has a lot to offer the Belarusian market in agricultural market

Harare-The governments of Zimbabwe and Belarus have taken steps to strengthen their engagement and foster trade between their private sectors after Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Honourable Ambassador Frederick Shava’s visit to Belarus. During his visit, Ambassador Frederick Shava, toured several Belarusian industrial enterprises. He urged ZimTrade and its Belarusian counterpart, the National Centre for Marketing, to collaborate in creating platforms promoting trade across the two countries.

One key outcome of the visit was the signing of an agreement between ZimTrade and its Belarusian counterpart to form a collaborative partnership. The partnership will enhance trade between Zimbabwe and Belarus, creating opportunities for both business communities. The move follows a state visit to Zimbabwe by President Aleksandr Lukashenko earlier in the year, further strengthening the existing cooperation and identifying new sectors for collaboration.

The current operational environment can present complex and challenging issues for private sector companies attempting to trade across borders. The diplomatic engagement between Zimbabwe and Belarus will aim to ease these complexities, promoting opportunities for private sector economic growth and sustainable development in both countries.

Zimbabwe has a lot to offer the Belarusian market, and notably, the two countries share a similar strategy in the agricultural sector. Zimbabwe boasts high-quality products such as fruits, vegetables, processed foods, tobacco, and cotton, while Belarus has a well-established manufacturing sector that produces agricultural equipment. Collaboration between the two countries can lead to opportunities for these sectors to share knowledge, technology and increase production efficiencies, thus boosting trade.

The high-level engagements between the two governments demonstrate their commitment to deepen bilateral ties and exploit the vast potential for cooperation between the two countries. The strengthened engagement creates space that is protective of private sector investments and encourages policy reforms that enables both Zimbabwe and Belarus to unlock their significant potential. The courage demonstrated by both governments in favour of trade and economic growth is exemplary.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs from both countries shared a personal view that the strengthening of Zimbabwe-Belarus relations is of high importance to both countries. The Ministers are confident that their Presidents' commitment to cooperation between the two nations will bolster their long-term development strategies.

In conclusion, the partnership between Zimbabwe and Belarus will expose opportunities that the private sector can grab as they create long-lasting relationships for economic growth.

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