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H.E. Alexander D. Sidoruk visited Zimbabwe

On September 30, 2020 H.E. Alexander D. Sidoruk, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe, together with the Belarusian delegation, headed by H.E. P.A. Parkomchik, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus, took part in the solemn ceremony of the transfer of the Belarusian equipment supplied to Zimbabwe to President E.D. Mnangagwa, as well as at the official launch of the next phase of the state Program on the mechanization of farms, implemented by the Ministry land, agriculture, water resources and rural settlements of the Republic of Zimbabwe, which includes supply from Belarus of more than 800 units of machinery and related equipment.

The event, which took place at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering in Hatcliff (a suburb of Harare), was also attended by H.E.C. Chiwenga, Vice-President of Zimbabwe, a number of ministers and their deputies, invited guests from the government, business circles, the private sector and financial institutions.

During his welcoming speech, H.E. E.D. Mnangagwa stressed the great importance of this event for the whole country, especially in terms of ensuring food security in Zimbabwe and intensifying agricultural production. The President noted that the solemn ceremony of the transfer of equipment clearly testifies to the development and strengthening of friendship between our countries, expressing confidence that the Belarusian equipment will work for the benefit of the Zimbabwean people for many years.

To date, 163 tractors, 19 combines, 5 MAZ tractors with semi-trailers, 52 seeders, 40 headers for combines have already been delivered to Zimbabwe. Most of the equipment is still in transit. All contracted equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of this year. The implementation of contracts, in addition to the supply of equipment, also provides for full responsibility for warranty and service support, provision of spare parts and training of local specialists.

Besides, there was held a separate meeting with H.E. E.D. Mnangagwa, where the parties discussed the current state of implementation of bilateral projects. The President expressed his satisfaction with the process and confirmed his interest in continuing cooperation, noting that the main stake of the Zimbabwean government is on the restoration and mechanization of agriculture, as well as the further development of the mining industry. In this regard, the President approved the conclusion of new contracts for 100 million US dollars for the supply of agricultural and quarry equipment within the framework of agreements between the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus and the Trade and Development Bank of East and South Africa (TDB) on readiness to open a corresponding credit line to the Zimbabwean government.

In addition, the delegation visited the service center of Bison Agro Machinery, which is engaged in servicing Belarusian equipment in Zimbabwe.

There were held meetings with the H.E.A. Masuka, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Settlements of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. S.B. Moyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E.J. Moyo, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing of the Republic of Zimbabwe and H.E.W. Chitando, Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe, during which the rich bilateral agenda was substantively discussed as well as new agreements on its further expansion.