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HARARE, April 2– Zimbabwe’s National Assembly has approved the agreement to establish the secretariat for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) in this country.

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Savior Kasukuwere, who tabled the draft treaty in the House on Tuesday, said its ratification would go a long way towards improving development of power and water supplies.

“It was agreed that the secretariat be headquartered in Harare. Zimbabwe will provide offices for the secretariat and this does not compare with financial rewards Zimbabwe will enjoy through members’ contributions and donor funds. It is important that Zimbabwe ratifies the hosting agreement because it benefits the country in more ways than one,” he said.

Kasukuwere said as with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly which Zimbabwe co-hosted with Zambia in 2013, the ZAMCOM had the potential to bring economic and social development to the country.

Contributing to the debate, former Water Resorces Development Minister Sipepa Nkomo said hosting ZAMCOM would bring the whole of SADC into Zimbabwe to deliberate water delivery issues.

The treaty will now go to the Senate for ratification.

Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe establsihed ZAMCOM in 2011 and it embraces the provisions of the SADC revised protocol on shared watercourses.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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