By Staff Reporter
ANKARA – Zimbabwe has expressed its desire to learn from the economic development model adopted by Turkey, which rapidly transformed the country from a rural economy to an industrialised one within just 20 years.
Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda is on a Bilateral Visit to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from 03 to 11 July 2021.
Among other issues the visit is aimed at deepening the ties between the sisterly legislatures of Zimbabwe and Turkey through Parliamentary Diplomacy.
On the strengthening of bilateral relations Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of TurkeyHon. Prof. Sentop noted the opening of Zimbabwe’s Embassy in Turkey as a landmark event towards that quest.
He further observed the increase in the number of African Embassies in Turkey from 10 in 2008 to the current 37 as a clear indicator of the ever-growing ties between Turkey and the African Continent.
In response, Hon. Mudenda expressed the hope that the visit would bolster economic cooperation between the two countries with Zimbabwe benefiting from Turkish direct investment and the much-needed technology transfer towards rapid industrialisation and growth.
The upcoming African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to be held in September 2021 came under the spotlight with Turkey identifying it as one of the key drivers towards making a footprint in Africa.
The Zimbabwe- Turkey Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group also held meetings aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two legislative institutions.
Their discussions included the deepening of relations through exchange visits, broadening the scope of trade relations between the two countries and advocated for legislating for the “EASE OF DOING BUSINESS” as espoused by President Mnangagwa.
The meeting stressed the embedded role of Parliaments in the ratification and domestication of protocols hence the need to develop a strong legal framework in respective jurisdictions to achieve this goal.
The visit buttresses Zimbabwe’s engagement and re-engagement process with the International Community.
The deepening relations between Zimbabwe and Turkey have already seen the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Frederick Shava, visiting Turkey in June 2021, where he attended the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, officially opened the Zimbabwe Embassy in Turkey and held the first bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Hon Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Zimbabwe has seen an increased potential for economic opportunities with Turkey in areas such as mining, construction, industry and education.
Advocate Mudenda’s delegation is scheduled to meet captains of industry and commerce in Istanbul towards the end of the week as it winds up the Official visit.
By Staff Reporter