Outgoing Italian Ambassador calls for economic reforms

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By Anna Chibamu

OUTGOING Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Enrico de Agostini says the incoming Zanu PF government should focus on implementing more economic reforms as there were a lot of foreign investors who were willing to do business in the country.

Speaking to journalists after bidding farewell to President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House on Tuesday, Agostini said there was cooperation between Zimbabwe and his own country, adding that Zimbabwe was poised for economic success.

“There is a scope for a lot of growth between the two countries in terms of trade. The government needs to implement some economic reforms if that is to happen.

“Also, we have further cooperation between Zimbabwe and Italy. A lot of investments are there as we have enterprises willing to engage with all business,” the ambassador stated.

He further acknowledged the presence of a Zimbabwean business delegation of 43 which is still in Italy for business opportunities which he facilitated. 

“To this date, the contacts were extremely positive, and I hope this will take us to new levels,” added Ndeipi, as he is affectionately called in the local diplomatic circles.

Agostini, a linguist familiar with seven languages including Shona, leaves for another assignment elsewhere.

“Ndinoda kudzoka kuZimbabwe kamwe (I would love to return to Zimbabwe one day),” he said while showing off his Shona.