US to open $292m Harare embassy in Jan

HARARE - The United States of America will officially open its $292 million embassy campus on January 10 and start operating from the site on January 21. 

It sits on 116-acre site in Bluffhill and will accommodate over 350 embassy staff. The campus is self-sustainable with its own water source and power generation as well as solar power.  

The multi-building campus includes a chancery building, support services annex, warehouse, utility building, the Marine Security Guard Residence and fitness facilities for the embassy community.

The campus also has an art collection, curated by the Office of Art in Embassies and features 29 works from artists from both the United States and Zimbabwe.

The art collection includes a seven by 20-foot drawing by artist Robert Pruitt titled “Forever’s People” which depicts a grouping of seven figures that express a blending of references to place, history and culture to bridge together identities of the United States and Zimbabwe.

American embassy officials have described the campus as a symbol of America’s commitment to Zimbabwe with its perimeter modelled to resemble the Great Zimbabwe ruins in Masvingo as homage to the country’s heritage.

 

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Comments (4)

how can u invest so much money in an embassy in a country which you labelled undemocratic n imposed punitive sanctions.america has an agenda of zim

zorro - 18 December 2018

The huge investment is a sign that USA has hope for Zimbabwe

Maureen Gwarada - 18 December 2018

USA has moved its primary Southern Africa Embassy from Pretoria (South Africa) to Zimbabwe because of the deteriorating crime in South Africa. Southern Africa is still very strategic for the USA, but the extremely high level of very serious and out of control crime in RSA made them move to Zim.

Is that so? - 18 December 2018

zorro - it's symbolic and assures the downtrodden yet proud Zimbabwean people that although repressed and unable to experience true freedom they are not forgotten. The Zim government if they so chose can select a path that will ensure sanctions can be lifted. Actions as always speak louder than words.

dr dre - 19 December 2018

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