H.E. MAXWELL RANGA
Zimbabwe and India have always shared warm and excellent relations dating as far back as the 14th Century when India traded with the Munhumutapa Empire. Among the sons of the Mumhumutapa that were sent to Goa for higher education, one of them became the first ever Zimbabwean to earn a doctorate in the 17th Century. That famous Zimbabwean son became Vicar of the Chapel of Santa Barbara of Mercy in Goa, where his remains are interred up to this day.
The Indian Government gave us the much needed support during our liberation struggle and remained our friends since then. In the post independence period, the Indian Government has been a reliable partner in the capacitation of Zimbabweans through its ITEC programes. It is my wish that the ratification of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement by Zimbabwe last year would stimulate trade and investment by Indian business into Zimbabwe, thus expanding economic co-operation between our respective countries into a tangible beneficial relationship. India is the main focus of our Look East Policy where my Mission will strive to facilitate the partnering of Indian business and Zimbabwe into implementing Zimbabwe’s Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIM- ASSET).I am confident that with India’s help we will be able to advance the objectives of Food Security and Nutrition; Social Services and Poverty Eradication; Infrastructure and Utilities; and Value Addition and Beneficiation.
Let me conclude by saying that together with my team of dedicated officers, we will seek to promote in line with Zim Asset, the political and economic interests, image and influence of the Republic of Zimbabwe not only in India but also other countries of accreditation namely; Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In a like manner we will also uphold to protect the interests and safety of Zimbabwean nationals in all these countries.