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President unveils new Minister to diplomatic corps


..says Ambassador Dr Shava a seasoned diplomat

By Shadreck Gurenje

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today formally introduced the new Minister of foreign affairs and international trade to the diplomatic corps.

The new minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Dr Fredrick Shava replaced the late Lt General (R.T.D) Dr Sibusiso Moyo who the President described as an influential advocate and driver of the engagement and re-engagement policy.
Addressing at the New Year greetings to the diplomatic corps, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the incoming Minister of foreign Affairs and international trade is a seasoned diplomat whose career dates back to the pre-independence period.

“Allow me to take this opportunity to formally introduce to you the incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs and international trade, Ambassador Dr Fredrick Shava.

“He is not new to the diplomatic arena and is one of Zimbabwe’s most seasoned diplomats whose career can be traced to our independence period.

“I am confident that you will give him support that you gave to his predecessor,” said President Mnangagwa.

In line with the dictates of the new normal the meeting was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic public health protocols and requirements.

President Mnangagwa also told the diplomats that the nation has not looked back in its drive to achieve social and economic justice.

The Head of State and government also said the Second Republic continues to boldly implement economic programmes guided by the Zimbabwe is Open for Business Mantra and the ease of doing business strategy.
President Mnangagwa also calls upon the diplomatic community to continue to facilitate trade and investment in Zimbabwe.