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FIRST LADY OF ZIMBABWE AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA RECEIVED HON.DOCTORATE Dr. Asif Iqbal from IETO welcomed her 22 member delegation to India Ambassador of Zimbabwe Dr. Godfrey Majoni Chipare presents investment opportunities

The India Africa Trade Council and the Zimbabwe India Trade Council organized the First Lady’s visit to India which was attended by the Business community and the Diplomatic Missions in New Delhi.  The President of Indian Economic Trade Organization Dr. Asif Iqbal welcomed the First Lady HE Dr. Auxillia Mnangagwa and pledged the commitment of support between the two nations for a robust partnership.  There is a huge interest in India for Zimbabwe, a country with great scope for bilateral trading opportunities in Pharma, Medicines, IT development, Textiles, Garments and Industrial development by Indian companies. The First lady was accompanied by the Ambassador, Counsellor from the Zimbabwean Embassy in New Delhi. The Dean of the Ambassadors in India HE Alem Tsehayedelivered the address and welcomed the First lady. He read out the commitment on behalf of the diplomatic missions in New Delhi.

During the Event the HE launched the Special Edition of Zimbabwe India Relations with focus on the visit of the First lady. The event was held at the ITC Maurya in the presence of the Director of the E&SA Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India and other Diplomats. The Indian delegation will visit Zimbabwe under the Angel of Hope foundation which is under the patronage of the First Lady of Zimbabwe. Indian delegation will be interested to invest in Zimbabwe in sectors of Pharmaceutical, Garments, Textiles, Agro processing.

The evening was addressed by the Director of E&SA Division Mr. Amararam Gurjar, IFS who spoke about accelerating India’s relationship with the African region and welcomed the first lady and congratulated her on the occasion of receiving the Honorary Doctorate from the GD Goenka University. Dr. Asif Iqbal, President IETO spoke about India’s efforts in strengthening relations especially when India is celebrating 75 years of India’s Independence.  India has also in the past extended various credit lines to Zimbabwe through the Exim Bank a line of credit of USD 165 million for financing Thermal Plants in Bulawayo and Hwange areas of Zimbabwe.

The first lady also presented the opportunities with the Angel of Hope foundation and the work it is doing in Zimbabwe for the upliftment of the women and children. She also expressed great interest in supporting the trade relations between the two countries and invited the trade community to explore all the available choices for investors under the foundation.

India Africa Trade Council (IATC) is working on building bilateral trade relations by assisting Indian companies that are looking at various projects coming up in African region for promoting growth in commerce and trade, especially in Indian Pharma which likely to increase as the Zimbabwe market expands. The India Africa Trade Council previously hosted the Additional Secretary of the Africa region, Ministry of External Affairs during which the mechanisms between India and Africa were concluded.

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