THE Southern African Political Economy Series (Sapes) Trust and the National Endowment for Democracy (Ned) will convene an international conference on Zimbabwe aimed at helping the country’s reengagement process with the international community.
The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday under the theme “Zimbabwe Going Forward: Consolidating the Democratisation Process and Reinforcing Re-engagement with the Global Community.”
Sapes executive chairman Dr Ibbo Mandaza said the conference was a follow up to a meeting held in Washington DC on July 10 2012 under the theme “Re-thinking Zimbabwe.”
Mandaza said Sapes Trust led a delegation made up of the three political parties to the Global Political Agreement in Zanu PF, MDC-T and the MDC, and representatives of civic groups to the conference. Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara also attended.
Sapes held another conference on July 23, 2013 under the theme “Beyond the Elections in Zimbabwe”.
“The main purpose of these conferences was and still is to improve collaboration among those committed to furthering political and economic reform in Zimbabwe,” said Mandaza.
The objectives of the conference are, among others, to;
Encourage debate around the socio-economic and political developmental trajectory predicated on constitutional reforms, a sound macro-economic framework, strengthened national institutions, civic society engagement and re-engagement with the global community;
Bring together government, the private sector, civic society and the international community to exchange ideas on re-engagement and investment in Zimbabwe;
Identify lessons, constraints, design strategies and build consensus among government, the private sector, civic society and the international community in implementing policies that promote good governance;
Build strong and joint initiatives among government, the private sector, civil society and the global community, and
Help to strengthen initiatives towards Zimbabwe’s re-engagement with the global community.
The conference will also host an evening Sapes Trust Policy Dialogue Forum at Rainbow Towers on Monday under the topic “Reinforcing Zimbabwe’s Democratisation Process: A Dialogue to Reinforce Engagement”.
Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Chris Mutsvangwa, former Finance minister Tendai Biti, EU head of delegation to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell’Ariccia, ex-Treasury boss Dr Simba Makoni and Australian Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus will be panellists.
Sapes convenes meetings to discuss current affairs and solutions to problems.