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Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Projects in Zimbabwe

India and Zimbabwe have a long history of close and cordial relations. Indian public sector companies like Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON), Rail India Technical & Economic Services (RITES), Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) and Telecommunications India Ltd., (TCIL) were involved with maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in Zimbabwe in the immediate aftermath of independence, and have a successful history of engagement with Zimbabwe.

Under an MoU signed in June 2006 between India and Zimbabwe for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises in Zimbabwe the Government of India provided a grant of US$5 million for setting up an Indo-Zimbabwe Technology Centre (ITZC) at the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), which also includes a Small and Medium Enterprises Service Institute (SMESI), an “India Technology Centre” (ITC) at the Bulawayo Polytechnic, Bulawayo, and a Common Facility Centre (CFC) with Machine Shop, Carpentry, Sheet Metal and Welding facilities at Small Enterprises Development Corporation (SEDCO) centre at Chitungwiza for utilization by the organized sector. HMT (I), Bangalore was entrusted with the implementation of the MoU which included training in India for 19 Zimbabweans for 3 to 6 months at the Central Tool Room and Training Centre (CTTC), Bhubaneswar. Machinery, including advanced computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, equipment and tools for mould and die making, printed circuit board manufacturing equipment and tools, tool design, and CAD-CAM software packages have been provided and experts deputed from India installed and commissioned the machines. have already been trained. In addition to the machines, the Government of India has also provided 80 computers and related equipments for SMESI and three vehicles under the MoU. As part of the project, about 19 sets of carpentry equipment and 14 sets of sheet metal and welding equipment have also been provided for use in the rural areas.

The project was inaugurated by President R.G. Mugabe on 4th August, 2008.pagecontent

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