Zimbabwe & Lebanon sign women empowerment MOU

Albert Chavhunduka

A delegation from Zimbabwe recently signed a Joint Communique to officially formalize bilateral relations with Lebanon at the 66th Commission of the Status of Women held in New York.

The delegation was led by the President of the Senate Mabel Chinomona.

This historic partnership will see the strengthening of economic and cultural co-operation, among others, between the two countries.

Official signing of bilateral relations between the two countries was done during the side-lines of  the 66th CSW which ran under the priority theme, ‘Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.’

In a statement on micro-blogging site twitter, the Mission of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the UN said the event marked the beginning of bilateral relations which will mutually benefit the two countries.

“Today March 29 2022, Ambassador Albert Chimbindi, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations and Dr Amal Mudallali who is the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations signed a Joint Communique to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. This historic event will see the strengthening of economic and cultural cooperation among others between our two countries,” read the statement.

President of the Lebanese-Zimbabwe Friendship Association (LZFA), Ali Morad welcomed the partnership between Lebanon and Zimbabwe, which will open ‘new horizons’ for the two countries.

“After years of working to push for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. I succeeded after I submitted a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sign the agreement, and I was pushing and supporting the file from the Lebanese side as well,” said Morad.

“Finally, as president of the Lebanese-Zimbabwean Friendship Association, I succeeded in achieving this achievement to serve Zimbabwe and Lebanon and open new horizons of economic, commercial and cultural cooperation.”

During the margins of the 66th CSW, Zimbabwe further hosted a side event dubbed, ‘Resilience Imperative: Charting a gender responsible Zimbabwean pathway in the face of Climate Change where Honourable Chinomona and Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Jennifer Mhlanga participated in the discussions.

In the past, Lebanese investors expressed interest in taking up business investment opportunities across various sectors of the country’s economy.

LZFA is an association comprised of business investors with operations in Lebanon, Qatar, Austria, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an interest in areas including infrastructure, telecoms, mining among many others.

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