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Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Harare. We hope you find this website useful and informative. We welcome Australians living in the area to contact the Embassy about our regular social events on email@example.com. You can also follow the Embassy on Twitter @AusEmbZim
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Message from the Australian Ambassador
Since I last wrote, both Zimbabwe and Australia have had elections. It was encouraging to see the peaceful manner in which polls were conducted in Zimbabwe, given the past history of electoral violence. However Australia did have serious concerns about the fairness and credibility of the polls and the voter’s list on which it was conducted, which are set out in the Press Release by former Foreign Minister Senator Carr. Nevertheless we will continue to engage Zimbabwe and its new government where opportunities arise.
In Australia we again saw a change of government and Prime Minister, with the Liberal/National Party Coalition taking power from the Labor Party led by Kevin Rudd. Our new Prime Minister is Tony Abbott, from Sydney, and our new Foreign Minister is Julie Bishop, from Perth. Julie Bishop knows this part of Africa well, having been a Commonwealth Group Observer to the Zimbabwean elections in both 2000 and 2002, and visiting Zambia last year.
The new Australian government is reviewing Australia’s development assistance program and integrating AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This will have a major impact on both the quantity of development assistance available for Africa and the manner in which it is delivered. The new government is also very focused on empowering the private sector and minimising the role of government so that individuals can best achieve their goals in life. A new focus in development assistance will be “Aid for Trade”.
This philosophy will underly our ongoing engagement with this post’s countries of responsibility – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia has demonstrated itself as a leader in the sub-region with its strong democratic culture, active stance against corruption and embracing of initiatives like the EITI, continuing economic liberalisation in both the mining and agricultural sectors and growing engagement with Australia.
Zambia’s new Minister for Mines, Water and Energy Hon Christopher Yaluma made a big impact at the Australia DownUnder Mining Conference in Perth in late August and there has already been significant commercial follow up to his visit. We do hope the other countries in our part of Africa will follow Zambia’s lead in their policy settings. I look forward in late October to hosting a major briefing and reception in Lusaka for scholarship awardees under the Australia Awards program. I was also delighted to lead the Australian delegation to the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions which was hosted so well by Zambia earlier this month.
Matthew Neuhaus, Ambassador
25 September 2013
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Our Ambassadors video series features short interviews with Australia's official representatives overseas. DFAT operates Australia's official missions abroad, each of which is run by an Ambassador, High Commissioner or Consul-General. The series will provide an insight into the work of our representatives abroad, and some of the major issues they are confronting as they pursue Australian interests in the countries where they are working. View the interview with Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus, recorded August 2012.
Zambian and Malawian scholarship recipients prepare for study in Australia - Zambia Australian Alumni Association launched
More than 30 professionals from Zambia and Malawi are due to commence postgraduate study in Australia in January 2014 on Australian Government scholarships.
On 29-30 October, Zambian and Malawian Australia Awards recipients attended a pre-departure briefing in Lusaka to prepare them for living and studying in Australia. The briefing was one of a number to be held in seven African countries for close to 300 new PhD and Masters Awardees from 24 countries across the continent.
Discussions at the briefing in Lusaka focused on Awardees’ expectations, the support available to them during their stay in Australia, and how they could use the skills and knowledge gained to contribute to development on their return. The scholarship recipients also had an opportunity to meet and learn from Australia Awards Alumni, who shared their experiences of studying and living in Australia.
During a reception on 29 October, Australian and Zambian Government representatives joined the departing Awardees in celebrating their selection for an Australia Award.
Speaking at the launch, Australian High Commissioner to Zambia and Malawi, H.E. Matthew Neuhaus, congratulated departing Zambian and Malawian Awardees. He emphasised that Africa’s future holds immense promise, reflected in the talent and drive of its people.
Australia working with African Development Bank to improve power, water and sanitation in Zimbabwe
The Australian Embassy and other donors recently visited Mutare to inspect some of the work being undertaken to improve water and sanitation services through the African Development Bank’s ZimFund.
Australian aid to the ZimFund is assisting the African Development Bank (AfDB) to provide millions of Zimbabweans with improved water, better sanitation and more reliable electricity. This support is part of the Australian aid program’s focus on promoting economic growth, poverty reduction, and improved health.
Zimbabwe’s economic contraction in the decade from 2000 saw a sharp fall in the country’s ability to maintain existing infrastructure and to invest in new equipment, especially in the water, sanitation and power sectors. As systems began to fail, disease outbreaks occurred and power and water supplies became unreliable and inefficient. These problems further undermined business activities and economic growth.
Senator Holland Honoured with Honorary Doctorate in Sydney
On Tuesday 1 October, the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize winner and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) luminary, Senator Sekai Holland shared her insights on Zimbabwe's road to democracy with over 200 of her fellow UTS alumni and the extended UTS community.
This first lecture in the series celebrations was couched in the University’s 25th Anniversary theme of “Creating Futures”. Senator Holland expressed her sadness at Zimbabwe’s recent election, which in her view saw almost one million citizens prevented from voting and a small ruling elite retain power, but at least this time was peacefull. Her overall message was one of hope and peace.
Senator Holland said: “Peace for us in Zimbabwe has been achieved by the hard work of the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI) which gave Zimbabwe an infrastructure for peace with Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) which laid down cross party structures from village through to wards, districts, provinces to the national and the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) process which gave us the new constitution is a real accomplishment, one my colleagues in ONHRI, JOMIC and COPAC and I are still basking in. For four and a half years we worked so hard towards this goal and we achieved it."
The day after delivering her thought-provoking lecture, Sen. Holland was awarded an UTS Honorary Doctorate: Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) in the Engineering, Information and Technology Department from Chancellor Vicki Sara. Chancellor Sara expressed her pride in presenting Sen. Holland with this accolade. “I tell all UTS students at graduation, to go out and change the world. Sekai, I don’t know if anyone ever told you, but you certainly have gone and done just that.”
Ambassador Neuhaus Opens DAP funded ROKPA Relief Day Care Centre
On Friday 4 October Ambassador Neuhaus opened the renovated ROKPA Relief Day Care Centre and After School Club, funded by the Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy. With US$ 17,539.00 DAP funding, ROKPA installed a water tank for the gardening project and renovated and equipped the day care centre. The project aims to better lives for children in need: ensuring food security in families caring for orphans and vulnerable children especially those with disabilities.
The Rokpa Support Network Zimbabwe is engaged with various programmes of assistance in and around Harare. Beneficiaries of this project include vulnerable children, parents of disabled, people living with HIV and Aids and other vulnerable groups and individuals. Ambassador Neuhaus stated at the opening that he was pleased to note that the DAP funds will help provide care and training to the young children, mainly those with disabilities, while their parents go to work. With this new facility the centre will be able to provide care to 50 below school going age vulnerable children. The After School Club will provide study space as well as arts and culture coaching for children in the community. Ambassador Neuhaus paid tribute to the parents and carers of the disabled children who were doing such a wonderful job.
David Pocock Visit
The embassy was delighted to host Australian-Zimbabwean rugby star David Pocock and his wife Emma at our Happy Hour on 25 September. It was great that so many people could meet him and hear about the project he is leading in the Nkayi region of Zimbabwe. Despite his family having been driven from their farm during the violent farm invasion some fifteen years ago, David remains very committed to the country of his birth, just as he is a proud Australian and former captain of our Wallabies Rugby team.
In so many ways he symbolizes the very best of the Australia-Zimbabwe relationship. We were all moved by his story about crying himself to sleep as a young boy over the Wallabies defeat of the Springboks, only to discover himself some ten years later captaining the Wallabies itself! We wish him well for his recovery from injury and a return next year to the rugby field.
4 August 2013
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has called for a re-run of Zimbabwe elections based on a verified and agreed voters' roll.
"Australia has been a strong supporter of the people of Zimbabwe and we follow developments closely," Senator Carr said. "I am pleased that last Wednesday's election proceeded largely without violence but the African Union, SADC, civil society groups and our own Embassy in Harare have all raised concerns with the voters roll and voting procedures. These appear to have disenfranchised large numbers of voters and raised doubts about the credibility of the election results. Prime Minister Tsvangirai's MDC party has called the elections a 'huge farce'. It is vital that the results of the elections are credible and reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people."
"Given our doubts about the results, Australia calls for a re-run of the elections based on a verified and agreed voters roll. In light of concerns about the credibility of the elections we are not proposing any changes to our remaining sanctions (travel bans and financial measures against 33 individuals and one entity) at this time."
The Australian Embassy in Harare contributed five accredited observers to a 'diplomatic watch' effort across Zimbabwe. Those observations of the elections, as well as the views of the AU, SADC, and a wide range of NGO's will inform Australian Government policy towards Zimbabwe including any future steps on our sanctions measures. Australia's sanctions regime against Zimbabwe was introduced in 2002. Prime Minister and MDC-T Party Leader Morgan Tsvangirai made the case for Australia to lift sanctions during his Guest of Government visit in July 2012. Following that Australia announced a three-stage roadmap for lifting sanctions on 7 February 2013. The first adjustment to our sanctions list was announced on 11 March 2013 in response to the announcement of a date for the constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe on 16 March (completion of first stage of roadmap). The second adjustment was announced on 27 May following the successful conduct of the constitutional referendum (completion of the second stage of roadmap).
Under the roadmap the remaining tranche of sanctions (travel bans and financial measures against 33 individuals and one entity) will be lifted when free and fair elections have been held and a democratically-elected government had taken office. Our assessment of the July 31 elections is that they do not meet this benchmark.
The EU retains sanctions against ten individuals and two entities; the US lists 121 individuals and 67 entities; and Canada lists 181 individuals and four entities.
Australian A team cricket match against Zimbabwe
17 July 2013
This week Zimbabwe Cricket is hosting the Australian A team in Harare.
Since their arrival in Harare on Sunday 14 July, the Australian A team has been training for their match against the Zimbabwe National Team. The match is being played from 18 to 20 July at the Country Club in Highlands, Harare.
Some Australian team members gave a coaching clinic to the Chipembere School team at Takashinga Sports Club in Highfield on 16 July. Australian Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus attended the clinic in Highfield and thanked the Australian team for their efforts in encouraging young Zimbabwean cricket talent. Australian A Coach, Troy Cooley, and vice-captain Alex Doolan were impressed by the young players and saw great potential for Zimbabwe Cricket in the future.
The Australian team also met with the Zimbabwe Women’s Team, who will be off to Ireland shortly to compete in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2013.
The Australian Embassy invites all those interested to come and support the Australian A team in their match against Zimbabwe (admission is free of charge).
Official launch of the Childline Zimbabwe Tongogara Refugees Camp Drop-In Centre
On Friday 28 June 2013, during the Refugee Day celebrations Australian Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus officially launched the Childline Zimbabwe Tongogara Drop-in Centre funded under the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). The Embassy through DAP provided more than US$ 40, 000.00 for the purchase of building materials to construct of two drop-in-centres, one at Tongogara Refugee Camp and the other at Gaza Township in Chipinge.
The establishment of Tongogara drop-in centre has created direct access to essential child protection services for an estimated 6,000 people. This centre will provide support and counselling services to refugee children who have suffered from abuse and violence. Children who attend the nearby schools and pre-schools, all located within walking distance, will also be helped.
The Centre also houses a clinic and a police post.
Ambassador Neuhaus looks at pictures at the Childline Centre Ambassador Neuhaus joins in promoting the 116 helpline number