UK supports Zimbabwe's horticultural exports such as blueberries and peas

The UK is focused on supporting Zimbabwe's exports of horticultural products such as blueberries and peas, Africa minister Andrew Mitchell said yesterday.

Responding to a question about what Britain was doing to promote economic cooperation with Zimbabwe, Mitchell said: “The UK is working to increase trade and investment with Zimbabwe to help boost economic growth, create jobs and reduce poverty. . Through our Economic Partnership Agreement, Zimbabwean businesses have duty- and quota-free access to the UK market, and we are particularly focused on supporting exports of Zimbabwean horticultural products such as blueberries and peas, increasing choice for consumers. from United Kingdom.

“We are also working to reduce barriers to UK investment in renewable energy and our technical assistance to strengthen the policy environment is unlocking new investment in standalone solar energy projects.”

Regarding aid to Zimbabwe in light of the recent elections, Mitchell said his country continued to support the people of Zimbabwe, especially empowering women and girls, but that this aid is not channeled through the Zimbabwean government.

“The UK is committed to supporting Zimbabwe and its people on the path to inclusive and resilient long-term development, democracy and prosperity,” he said.

“UK development assistance addresses the priorities of the UK International Development Strategy and is aligned with the Government of Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy. In particular, it focuses on empowering women and girls, promoting global health, responding to humanitarian needs while building resilience to climate change, protecting biodiversity and making honest and trustworthy investments.

“No UK ODA is channeled directly through Zimbabwe Government systems. Instead, we work primarily through multilateral organizations, particularly United Nations agencies, as well as international NGOs and the private sector.” – InsiderZim

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