Harare – The European Union has commended Zimbabwe’s Government for its efforts to turn around its economy following years of decline.
The Head of the EU Delegation in the country, Ambassador Timo Olkonnen, on Thursday said this at the end of the third session of formal Political Dialogue between Zimbabwe and the bloc.
“After two consecutive years for Zimbabwe with negative growth, economic recovery is paramount to improve the serious humanitarian and socio-economic situation, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We acknowledged the efforts to stabilize the macro-economic situation. The European Union stands ready to continue supporting the Zimbabwean people in the current socio-economic challenges. For this, the government should share its views on the needs and increase its own contribution to social sectors,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Shava hailed the improving relations between the country and the EU but, said it was regrettable that the bloc sill maintained some economic sanctions.
He called for the unconditional removal of the sanctions.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the EU have been thawing since President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office in 2017, following nearly two decades of friction.