Is Zimbabwe still under sanctions

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With the state-ordered farm expropriations from 2000 and the politically motivated violence during the 2002 elections, the relationship between Germany and Zimbabwe was damaged. Since the change of power in November 2017 and the elections in July 2018, the Zimbabwean government has shown increased interest in improving bilateral relations. With the visit of Federal Minister Gerd Müller in August 2018, Germany underscored its readiness for political dialogue. However, Müller also made it clear that German aid would only be granted on condition that Zimbabwe implements urgently needed reforms. EU sanctions currently only apply in full against Zimbabwe Defense Industries. The government blames the sanctions for the country's decline, thereby distracting attention from the failure of its policies and rampant corruption.


Zimbabwe is in an economic and social crisis. Foreign investors are deterred by a lack of legal security, insufficient property protection, water, electricity, fuel and cash shortages. Since his inauguration, President Mnangagwa has announced economic reforms, budget discipline and the fight against corruption. There is a lack of implementation. A bilateral investment protection agreement has been in force since 2000. Its enforcement remains difficult due to the political influence exerted by government agencies. A double taxation agreement has existed since 1990.

Development cooperation

Development cooperation with Zimbabwe was suspended in 2002 due to political developments. Currently only measures to directly improve the livelihood of the population and to promote democracy and the rule of law at local level are supported. Germany participates in the Education Development Fund administered by UNICEF, which secures basic education in Zimbabwe and helps with food security, drought protection and water supply.

culture and education

A cultural agreement has existed since 1998. The focus of German cultural activity is in the education sector. About 100 students learn German at the German faculty of the University of Zimbabwe. Harare and Munich are twin cities.


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