1.1 Hon. Webster Kotiwani Shamu, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade undertook a visit to the Dubai Expo 2020 in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the 13th to the 17th of March 2022, at the invitation from the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency. The costs for the visit were borne by ZIDA. This was the first world Expo held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) as well as in the Arab World. The Republic of Zimbabwe was participating in the Expo for the first time.” The visit was part and parcel of Parliamentary Diplomacy that seeks to deepen and strengthen ties between Zimbabwe and members of the international community.
1.2 Zimbabwe, which seeks to capitalize on the government’s operative mantra, “ZIMBABWE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS,” participated in one of the most prestigious fairs in the world, the Dubai Expo 2020. The participation was driven by the need to open up investment opportunities with the United Arab Emirates as well as 192 Countries that participated in the event through the auspices of ZIDA, ZIMTRADE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.