Zimbabwe and Pakistan should revive their long standing bilateral relations and deepen cooperation in several areas such as defence, pharmaceuticals and information communication and technology for the good of their people, Pakistan ambassador to Zimbabwe, Murad Baser has said.
The diplomat, who was accredited to Zimbabwe recently, said he was keen to ensure that their cooperation was restored to what it was at the inception of Zimbabwe’s independence.
Soon after independence, Pakistan helped the Air force of Zimbabwe where the South Asian country helped in the training of pilots and other senior personnel.
Amb Baser said this while briefing journalists soon after meeting Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at Parliament building.
“I had a fruitful discussion with Hon Mudenda. He was very positive in terms of bilateral relations that we enjoy since independence. He talked of having Pakistan businessman into Zimbabwe. He talked of the initiatives by the President of Zimbabwe on investment, he briefed me on how we can carry on in future cooperation and enhancing trade and figures which is not that positive,” said Amb Baser.
“We need to work on various sectors. We have helped Zimbabwe in training pilots and senior officers, we are very much entrenched with Zimbabwe and we have tried to keep this cooperation.
“As the new Ambassador of Pakistan, I would want to enhance or double this cooperation. Hon Mudenda talked of signing an Mou with Parliament which will enhance our cooperation in terms of training, visits, exchanges of good practices within the two Parliament. I very much look forward to this.”
He said there was need to explore more areas of mutual cooperation.
“I also mentioned that we are holding a trade event in South Africa which will allow businessmen and companies in Zimbabwe to meet. So it was an all encompassing discussion.
“We believe that this friendship should continue and flourish. Other areas that I am keen on trade and commerce, pharmaceuticals, Information technology, leather gold and such value added items, kitchenware. We also discussed on investment, food processing,” he said.
Amb Baser described his engagement with Adv Mudenda as fruitful.
Cooperation between Zimbabwe and Pakistan has been long standing with the South Asian country helping Harare in defence through training of senior military experts.