HARARE-- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare Sunday for Qatar on an official visit as part of his administration's campaign to re-engage the global community.
Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita income of 124,927 US dollars.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Sibusiso Moyo told New Ziana that President Mnangagwa was invited to
Qatar by its ruler, Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad al Thani. Yes, I can confirm that the President will be travelling to Qatar. This is going to be an official visit which is an answer to the invitation by the leader of Qatar. This also ties in with our diplomatic
offensive to reach out to the international community, he said.
Recently, the Qatari leader sent a special envoy to President Mnangagwa inviting him to visit the Middle East nation. Economic discussions between the two leaders are expected to centre around Qatar's thrust for a post-oil economic agenda that may unlock opportunities for Zimbabwe in sectors such as agriculture, mining, tourism and infrastructure development.
With more than 25 billion barrels in oil reserves and the world's third largest natural gas reserves, Qatar has also used its wealth to strengthen sectors like manufacturing, construction and financial services.
Zimbabwe also has natural gas reserves in Lupane which are currently unexploited.
Several Cabinet Ministers, including Energy and Power Development Minister Simon Khaya Moyo and Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa are accompanying the President.
Moyo said President Mnangagwa was expected back in the country on Wednesday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK