PM seeks stronger ties with Italy

Harare – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is on a two-day official visit to Italy aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the southern African country and the European nation, APA learns here Tuesday.\r\n

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Monday to discuss progress made since the formation of Zimbabwe’s coalition government in February 2009 and how the two countries could boost their ties.

Frattini said that Italy was closely following current political developments in Zimbabwe, particularly progress towards peace and national healing pacification.

“The future general and presidential elections will be, not least in the eyes of the international community, an important opportunity to consolidate the process,” Frattini said in a statement after the meeting with Tsvangirai.

He said Italy was looking forward to seeing Zimbabwe holding credible, well-prepared elections “with an appropriate and adequate framework of guarantees of legality and transparency”.

Tsvangirai highlighted the progress made by Zimbabwe to revive its economy, saying growth prospects are expected to reach about eight percent this year.

Frattini expressed an interest in improving the Italian business community’s knowledge of Zimbabwe.

This would pave the way not just for the creation of a favourable climate for inward investment but also for closer bilateral economic relations.