EU-Africa Summit withdrawal regrettable

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from the 4th European Union (EU) — Africa summit which kicks off in Belgium this week, is regrettable and retrogressive.

It is a kick in the teeth to all those who have been working behind the scenes to make sure the country returns to dialogue with this bloc after more than a decade of bad relations.

The EU-Africa Summit will take place in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday.

It will bring together African and EU leaders, as well as the leaders of EU and African Union institutions.

Topics will include education and training, women and youth, legal and illegal migrant flows between the two continents, ways to stimulate growth and create jobs, investing in peace and ways to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security on the continent.

But sadly Zimbabwe will not be there because it has been angered by the EU decision to deny the first lady Grace Mugabe a visa.

Without going into the debate whether the EU is right or wrong in its decision, it is wrong for Zimbabwe, especially President Robert Mugabe to pull out of this summit.

Zimbabwe stands to benefit as are the other heads within the African Union who will also attend the summit.

After more than 10 years in the cold, without any meaningful investment and monetary support, wouldn’t it be in our best interests to seize the opportunity to be at the summit to bolster attempts by local business people, to attract investment?

While Mugabe and Zimbabwe will have no representation, the business community which in January traversed Europe, will be out there in full force.

It has dawned upon this lot that political brinkmanship and posturing no longer holds for Zimbabwe.

The world will move on while we have musings over denied visas.

Having withdrawn from this summit, Mugabe and Zimbabwe will not have a chair at the first ever US-Africa leaders’ summit.

The United States excluded Zimbabwe and Egypt from the summit.

President Barack Obama will host the US-Africa Leaders’ summit in Washington on August 5 and 6. Surely there is no need guessing who stands to benefit from such a summit.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe economy continues on its path towards the precipice. Job losses, rampant unemployment and little investment dog the impoverished nation.

And there is no evidence that the much-needed intervention will happen anytime soon.

So why treat with contempt those who can help us, Mr President?

Comments (12)

Zimbabwe did the right thing. When you get invited to such a place, it is not the duty of the people who invited you to choose for you a delegation. It is up to the invited to choose who will be part of their delegation. The responsible people for boycotting are right. Tired of being dictated to whom they deem necessary to attend. We as a nation can decide that for ourselves.

Museyamwa - 1 April 2014

@museyamwa, grace is not zimbabwe and the summit if heads of state and their spouses weren't invited. whether or not he was going to be there wouldn't make any difference afterall who was going to benefit. mugabe and grace can go kwazvimba. he is supposed to be serving the electrorate. this is not time for bedroom politics

kt - 1 April 2014

ungachemere kuti sei maichana varambidziwa kumeeting saka handichaende. Anywhere this guy do not have anything for Zimbabwe.

cde Tongo - 1 April 2014

Guys realistically how man graduate are roarming in the streets becoz of lack of foreing direct investment , i think it was a wrong decision by our leader to boycott , the shuttered economy haisi yafirst lady , its for us the younger generations , if the first family has nothing to loose by boycotting then fair for them but thus really unfair for us tanzwa nekutsvaga mabasa nemari , zvavo zvakabhadhara pana 31 july vava muoffice havachazivi vimbiso yavo kuma youth ,Gushungo matirwadza

jindah - 1 April 2014

Robert Mugabe, could you, for once in your life, put the interests of Zimbabwe ahead of your personal and family interests. Need I remind you that it is a business trip and NOT a family outing. Why do you always have to embarrass the Zimbabwean people. by creating a SCENE where ever you go ???. Just shut up and get on with the job of sorting out Zimbabwe's collapsed economy which you single handedly created. For god sake's GROW UP.

ronaldos - 1 April 2014

Robert Mugabe, could you, for once in your life, put the interests of Zimbabwe ahead of your personal and family interests. Need I remind you that it is a business trip and NOT a family outing. Why do you always have to embarrass the Zimbabwean people. by creating a SCENE where ever you go ???. Just shut up and get on with the job of sorting out Zimbabwe's collapsed economy which you single handedly created. For god sake's GROW UP and stop being so childish

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Pumps - 2 April 2014

Guys realistically how man graduate are roarming in the streets becoz of lack of foreign direct investment , i think it was a wrong decision by our leader to boycott

MOYO - 2 April 2014

The EU is an organisation of Western European countries. The leading nations are former colonisers in Africa. What is it they want with Africa today when they failed while they were still in power. If Africans are serious about development, they should learn from none Europeans Japan, South Korea etc who have advanced economically. You are moaning here that Zimbabwe has missed out on this summit. You forget that these are the government which are treating you as filth when you visit their countries. Do you have such an inferiority complex

George Bachinche - 2 April 2014

Mugabe did the right thing. Even if the Grade thing was not there, he should have not gone anywhere. Critics of Mugabe where and everywhere should seek to understand what the EU interest is regarding Africa. This summit has been called for the second time because African governments are refusing to sign Economic Partnership Agreement which favours the Western countries in trade with Africa. Zimbabwe's is the only countries which has foolishly signed this flawed arrangement. It needs to revoke that and explore trade with the rest of the world to get better prices for goods and services

George bachinche - 4 April 2014

Vamwe vedu havana urozvi zvachose! Kutadza kukopa zvinoitwa nedzimwe nyika? Zvanzi Japan yakarohwa neUSA muhondo yepasi, asi vakaona kuti kurwa nechikuriri hazvishandi!!! Vakakumbira rubatsiro rweruzivo nemari. Nhasi Japan haibatiki. Ko imi munofunga kuti Chaminuka achauya otigadzirira Toyota? Hatidi chidofo matororo!!!

herber - 4 April 2014

Vamwe vedu havana urozvi zvachose! Kutadza kukopa zvinoitwa nedzimwe nyika? Zvanzi Japan yakarohwa neUSA muhondo yepasi, asi vakaona kuti kurwa nechikuriri hazvishandi!!! Vakakumbira rubatsiro rweruzivo nemari. Nhasi Japan haibatiki. Ko imi munofunga kuti Chaminuka achauya otigadzirira Toyota? Hatidi chidofo matororo!!!

herber - 4 April 2014

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