German head of sub-Saharan Africa visits Zimbabwe

HARARE,– The German director for sub-Saharan Africa and Sahel regions, Georg Schmidt is in the country on a two-day visit and is expected to among others meet with government officials, Parliament and the judiciary, the German Embassy said on Monday.

German head of sub-Saharan Africa visits Zimbabwe

The embassy said Schmidt’s visit will coincide with the conference on progress in the implementing the country’s new constitution organized by the Max-Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law from Germany, in collaboration with the Development and Rule of Law Programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and the Southern African Political Economy Series (SAPES) Trust.

“Ambassador Schmidt will address the public forum at the end of the conference

including some remarks on the current state and perspectives of bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and Germany,” the embassy said in a statement.

Germany is a member of the European Union which last year lifted its 12-year suspension of direct financial aid to the government of Zimbabwe, imposed after allegations of rights abuses by President Robert Mugabe’s administration citing improvements in the political environment after the adoption of a new constitution and peaceful polls last year.

Despite the sanctions, EU remained a major donor to Zimbabwe and channelled funds through non-governmental organisations and multi-lateral agencies, spending 1,5 billion euro ($2 billion) since 2002.

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