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By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE will allow Iran to construct a gas power plant within its borders, Iran's Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf has said.

According to the Persian- language `Abrar-e Eqtesadi`, Bitaraf`s remarks were made during a meeting with Zimbabwean Ambassador to Tehran S.C. Chiketa. Bitaraf, during the meeting, expressed

Iran`s readiness to bolster economic ties with African countries, saying Iran-Zimbabwe cooperation should focus on projects that can be implemented easily.

He spoke of the existing economic ties between the energy ministries of the two countries in the renovation of power plants, installation of transformers and training of Zimbabwean personnel.

"The outlines of a cooperation agreement between an Iranian company and a Zimbabwean energy company has been delivered to Zimbabwean officials," he said, adding that these officials are expected to give their comments on the document.

He said that an Iranian company has made a survey of the possibilities for constructing a hydro-electric power plant in this African country.

He said that as of now the parties are still awaiting funding for the project, adding that the once the financial problem is solved, the Iranian company will forthwith implement it - IranMania
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