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GERMANY has said it is willing to support Zimbabwe provided the Southern African country fully implements the new Constitution.

Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution almost two years ago but there seems to be no willingness on the government’s part to fully implement the widely praised charter.

Government has cited financial constraints in the delays to re-align the country’s laws with the new Constitution.

Early this month, government got $1.28 million from the European Union to fund the Constitution implementation process.

If implemented the new charter stands to promote rule of law, democracy and the respect for property rights, credentials which Zimbabwe lost over the past 15 years.

“A successful process of constitutional alignment as well as economic reforms will also have positive impact on the improvement of Germany’s economic relationship with Zimbabwe.

“Economic interaction needs legal protection, foreign investors in particular need guarantees and clarity concerning their investments,” the visiting Ambassador Georg Schmidt said Tuesday at the end of his two day mission.

Schmidt is Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and Sahel of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The veteran diplomat said Germany was prepared to assist Zimbabwe in the repayment of its staggering $7 billion debt to multilateral institutions, should Harare show commitment towards implementing reforms.

“Should the positive signals in the process of constitutional alignment and economic reform prove to be sustainable Germany is prepared to enter into an open dialogue with the Zimbabwean Government on ways out of the economic crisis, including the burdensome debt problem.”

“I came to Harare in this spirit,” Ambassador Schmidt gave the assurance.

During his two day visit, Schmidt held meetings with Vice-President and justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, the minister of finance, Patrick Chinamasa, and representatives of the ministry of foreign affairs as well as members of the opposition.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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