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Zim prepares for WTO meet

Ndamu Sandu

WITH time running out ahead of the fifth ministerial World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Cancun, Mexico, the Ministry of Industry and International Trade says workshops

and meetings have been lined up to prepare for the summit.

Zimbabwe’s preparation for the summit suffered a jolt in April with media reports that three key trade negotiators who had played a pivotal role in the previous ministerial meetings, Jabu Mtetwa, Carlson Mbegabolowe and Samson Mutanhaurwa quit the ministry.

Mtetwa joined the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc); Mbegabolowe went to the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) while Mutanhaurwa was said to have been transferred to the Government Tender Board.

Last month Zimbabwe’s members of parliament were the only legislators in the 54- member Commonwealth grouping that were excluded from the club’s joint meeting with WTO in South Africa.

Director of External Trade in the Ministry of Industry and International Trade, Rudo Faranisi said preparatory arrangements had already been made.

She said: “The ministry has been holding meetings with various stakeholders. Consultations through holding of meetings are aimed at collecting information which will help to determine the national position on the WTO.”

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