By ZBC Reporter
President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn in Ambassador Fredrick Shava as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at State House this Tuesday morning.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony Ambassador Shava pledged to fulfil the new dispensation’s engagement and re-engagement drive.
There is nothing new, I will continue with the pronouncement made by the President, I would like to be a friend of all and enemy of none. We are going to try our best to reaffirm our friendship with all our weather friends, we will also bring country’s who have been disgruntled by our land reform and imposed sanctions on that we will talk to them. The mandate of foreign affairs is strengthening relations with the regional and the international community and we will be doing that, he said.
He also promised to work round the clock for Zimbabwe to be competitive in regional trade and promote the country’s industrial advancement.
I would also want to make sure that we become visible on the sub-region and regional trade map, so we will be working hard to ensure that our potential in export and industrial advancement is recognised, added Shava.
Dr Shava has held various portfolios in Government since independence.
He was the Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Development from 1981 to 1986 before becoming Minister of State for Political Affairs in 1987.
After that, he was appointed Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2014 and later appointed Ambassador to the Unite Nations in New York.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree& a Master of Philosophy degree in Parasitology from Royal Holloway College, a Master of Science in Nematology from Imperial College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Zimbabwe.
The position fell vacant after the passing on of Lieutenant General (Rtd) Sibusiso Moyo who succumbed to Covid-19 in January this year.