The governments of Rwanda and Zimbabwe have signed a major Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving cooperation in their Mining sectors.

Francis Gatare of Rwanda’s Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board flew to Harare where together with Zimbabwe’s Mines Minister Winston Chitando signed this MoU.

According to the two governments, the MoU will enhance cooperating and exchanging experiences from the extractive industries to develop their respective mining sectors.

“Rwanda has very interesting experiences in the development of the small scale (mining) sector and we also would like to share those experiences,” Minister Chitando said.

According to Zimbabwe media, this deal is an outcome of previous bilateral engagements between President Paul Kagame and his counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Minister Chitando told journalists after the signing ceremony, “We would like to see how the two countries can cooperate specifically in terms of sharing training facilities in the mining space.”

The two leaders said their mining institutions will begin sharing expertise to capacitate the respective ministries and other institutions in the mining space to develop the potential which exist in the two countries.

For Gatare, the spirit of this deal is anchored on the Africa Mining Vision, which was adopted by the African Union in 2009 and emphasises continental economic growth on the back of mineral resources.

The Express News

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