Geingob reiterates Zim sanctions be lifted

President HageGeingob in his capacity as SADC chairperson, have reiterated his call for the immediate lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Western countries some 16 years ago.

Geingob made these remarks on Thursday night at State house during his speech on the occasion of the State Banquet in honour of Zimbabwean president EmmersonMnangagwa.

Geingobsaid, that it is no doubt that the targeted sanctions have made a huge negative impact on the recovery and growth of the Zimbabwean economy.

Adding that the sanctions did not only affect Zimbabwe but also other Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, with huge economic impact on the facilitation of imports and exports of goods and services, which can disrupt regional development and economic integration efforts.

As SADC Chairperson, I call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the sanctions that are causing untold hardship to the people of Zimbabwe. In this regard, we call on Western countries to enter into constructive engagement and dialogue with the new Government of Zimbabwe, said Geingob.

Geingob added that, whilst the two countries continue to expand the scope of bilateral cooperation by signing additional legal instruments, it is critical to ensure effective implementation.

We should also take practical steps to boost trade and commercial activities, create new employment opportunities and reduce poverty in our communities. This should be buttressed by strong education and training systems to equip our youth with relevant skills and competencies that can enable them to operate innovatively and competitively in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, said Geingob.

He added that the region has recorded significant gains in efforts to preserve peace and security, and wished Mnangagwa well as he prepares to assume duty as an incoming Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security at the forthcoming 39th SADC Summit next month.

Source: Namibia Press Agency