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DOHA-- Qatar has agreed to help fund development projects in Zimbabwe in the sectors of education, health and micro-finance, says Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who adds that what is left is for Zimbabwe to identify projects in these sectors for possible funding by Qatar.

I met the Director-General of the Qatar Fund for Development and their mandate is to give aid to three sectors, namely education, health and micro-finance. We have agreed that we are going to explore projects for assistance in those three areas," he said.

We have to go back home and identify the projects. They do not fund unless there is a project and it's us now who must submit project proposals which they look at and decide whether or not they can assist us, said Chinamasa, who disclosed that there was also discussion on possible funding of scholarships for Zimbabwean students interested in studying in Qatar.

We have also had discussions with the Qatar Foundation which is responsible for developing human capital. They run a lot of universities and they also offer scholarships for people who may want to study in universities in Qatar. We a re going to submit applications for scholarships for students from Zimbabwe who may want to study here."

Chinamasa is in Doha with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on an official visit at the invitation of the Emir of Qarae, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita income of 124.927 US dollars.

It has more than 25 billion barrels in oil reserves and the world's third largest natural gas reserves.

The Zimbabwe government has also opened talks with Qatar Airways, for one of the largest airlines in Asia, to fly to

Harare, said Chinamasa. Discussions for Qatar Airways to fly to Harare came up on Monday when President Mnangagwa held his first meeting with the Emir.

Qatar Airways currently flies into Maputo, Mozambique, an it was proposed that it could make a stopover in Harare and that is under consideration, said Chinamasa. The airline flies to more than 150 destinations globally.