South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the international community to help Zimbabwe improve its economy.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe- South Africa Bi-National Commission Conference, Ramaphosa said his country has been advocating for the removal of sanctions in Zimbabwe so that it could attain its economic ability and grow.
“We even addressed the European Union on a visit to Europe and made this specific call, we are pleased that the EU heeded the call and in February decided to lift sanctions on the current members of your administration. But we want more than that, we want to see meaningful support being given by international development partners to Zimbabwe because Zimbabwe does deserve the support that the world can give. This is the first needed to support Zimbabwe’s recovery,” he said.
Ramaphosa said South Africa has been clear that sanctions must be removed.
“The time has now come for those sanctions to be lifted and in fact, we have been calling for those sanctions to be lifted immediately because they impede the growth of the Zimbabwean economy and they also are having an adverse effect on ordinary Zimbabweans and we want those sanctions to be lifted in fact yesterday and not tomorrow, he said.
He said South Africa was committed to working with Zimbabwe in addressing the socio-economic challenges experienced by both countries.
“Today we reiterate South Africa’s commitment to work with Zimbabwe in addressing the socio-economic challenges experienced by our two countries.
“We commend your new administration for all your efforts through your programme of action to take Zimbabwe out of its current difficulties and make it viable partner to South Africa, to the region and other development partners.
“In support of your commendable efforts in February of this year at the World Economic Forum South Africa made a clarion call to the international community to assists Zimbabwe and support the reform efforts that your government has embarked on by lifting the unfair and unjust sanctions that have been imposed on Zimbabwe,” he said.
At least 45 agreements were signed at the end of the four day summit and these include, trade, agriculture, transport among others.