Saturday, 30 June 2018


President Mnangagwa left the country yesterday for Mauritania, where he is set to join other African Heads of State and Government for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit.

The summit kicked off yesterday with a high-level meeting of the executive council at the Conference Centre Nouakchott.

It is the first time that the Islamic State of Mauritania, which is located in the Maghreb region, is hosting the continental as- sembly.

President Mnangagwa, who is also the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, is accompanied by senior Government officials.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is the Acting President.

Themed “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, the summit dovetailed with the thrust of President Mnangagwa’s new dispensation that declared zero tolerance on corrup- tion.

Apart from corruption, the Mauritanian convocation will focus on peace, security, the humanitarian situation on the continent, the Continental Free Trade Area and the African Common Position on the Future of African Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and the European Union.

In an interview yesterday, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha described the summit as a high-level meeting that spoke to the new dispensation’s objective of eradicating corruption as Government sets focus on transforming the country into a middle income economy by 2030. Herald


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