The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) and Sable are going to get Sadc funding for the manufacturing of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPEs) at a time countries within the region are recording a surge in new infections.
In an update after Tuesday’s Sadc council of ministers meeting, Acting Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister Amon Murwira said discussions centred on how to strengthen deliberations within the region with international partners to increase the vaccine acquisition and rollout for the continent to achieve the targeted 60% vaccinated population by 2022.
“Related to the Covid-19 pandemic I am happy to note that HIT and Sable are two of Zimbabwe Institutions that are receiving funding through Sadc for the manufacture of protective equipment,” Murwira said.
He said Zimbabwe was “ready to export these products in the region” and showcased them at its exhibition during this week’s Sadc Business Forum.
Murwira said the meeting was also updated on the progress in the recruitment of the next Sadc executive secretary. He said two candidates from Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo were interviewed and a full report and recommendations will be submitted at the ministers meeting and the Heads of State and Government meeting in August.