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HARARE, Zimbabwe and Japan are exploring ways of boosting co-operation between their Parliaments as well as economic co-operation in general, said Japanese Ambassador Toshiyuki Iwado, who paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, here Monday.

Zimbabwe and Japan enjoy warm political and economic relations, with the Asian nation currently assisting the southern African country in setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as well as in agriculture production.

Toshuyuki said the two national assemblies would work out the finer details on enhancing their co-operation. We talked about possible ways to promote parliamentary relations between Japan and Zimbabwe, he told journalists after the closed- door discussions. We also discussed how we can work together to promote our economic relations.

He said Japan was also assisting in the provision of agriculture equipment to Zimbabwe and was on Tuesday handing over an

assortment of implements in Chiredzi in Masvingo province in southeastern Zimbabwe.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will go to Chiredzi for the handover of food aid and some equipment to boost agriculture activity there. We understand they suffered very much in the past agriculture seasons because of drought, he said.

Toshuyuki said he was also looking at ways of boosting investment by Japanese companies in the Zimbabwean economy.

The two countries signaled intentions to take their relations to a higher level last year when President Robert Mugabe went on an official visit to Japan. Several co-operation agreements were signed during the visit, some of which are already being implemented.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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