Danish trade minister to visit Zim

Mogens Jensen, the Danish Minister of Trade and Development is set to visit Zimbabwe for a high level meeting scheduled for November 5-7, 2014.

Mogens Jensen, the Danish Minister of Trade and Development
Mogens Jensen, the Danish Minister of Trade and Development

A statement released by the Danish Embassy in Harare yesterday said the visit underlined Danish willingness and steps the Nordic country has taken to improve relations with Zimbabwe.

Jensen will take the opportunity to visit Danida funded activities, projects in the agriculture and judicial sectors as well as explore possible commercial opportunities between Zimbabwe and Denmark,"reads part of the statement.

Meetings with senior government officials, civil society and business leaders will be held to access the needs and progress made on Danida funded programs with Zimbabwe. Denmark is one of Zimbabwe's biggest bilateral development partners.

With an overall budget of $95 million, the Denmark-Zimbabwe Partnership Programme (2013-2015) aims to build democratic institutions and promote universal human rights.

Running under the theme "A partnership for democracy and development," the programme would support inclusive economic growth through promoting gender equality, eliminating of gender based violence, facilitating access to justice for all, private sector development through agriculture, policy development and infrastructure rehabilitation.

Denmark and Zimbabwe have a long history of cooperation dating back to the struggle for independence when the Nordic country was a strong supporter of the liberation movement.

Having closed its embassy in Zimbabwe in 2002 following the host country's human rights violations, Denmark re-established its diplomatic presence in 2009.

Jensen's visit comes at a time when the European Union is set to make a policy pronouncement on restrictions imposed against President Robert Mugabe, his family, accomplices and their business interests.

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