The South African Development
Community has called on the United States of America (US) and the European
Union (EU) to immediately remove sanctions against Zimbabwe.
SADC in a statement said it was
deeply concerned that the ongoing sanctions by the EU and the US were hurting
the Zimbabwean economy.
SADC said the lifting of the
sanctions by both the EU and US would lead to the road of recovery for the
The region said the EU had
imposed an arms embargo, as well as asset freeze and a travel ban on targeted
entities and certain individuals.
The nature of the US sanctions
means that US nationals cannot do business with state-owned enterprises, three
Zanu-PF-owned companies and about 100 people as from 20 October 2019.
SADC said these sanctions had a
direct impact on employment and income generation opportunities and the
livelihoods of ordinary Zimbabweans.
The group said all member states
of SADC supported the action to remove the sanctions immediately.
Below is the full statement by
STATEMENT BY THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN
DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY CALLING FOR THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON
THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
On this day, 25th October 2019,
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) reiterates its call for the
removal of all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe to pave way for
socio-economic transformation and economic development of Zimbabwe. The removal
of sanctions will benefit Zimbabweans and the SADC Region, as well as, enhance
cooperation of SADC with the European Union (EU) and the United States of
The SADC Region is deeply
concerned about the prevailing sanctions imposed by the EU and the USA on the
Republic of Zimbabwe and is mindful of the impact of these sanctions.
2 The sanctions have proved to be
directly affecting entities beyond the so-called targeted individuals, and have
a negative impact on the credibility of Zimbabwe and serious trickle-down
effects on the economy and people of Zimbabwe, and by extension, the SADC
3. In recognizing the
socio-economic impact of the sanctions on Zimbabwe, the 39th SADC Summit of
Heads of State and Government held in Dar es Salaam, the United Republic of
Tanzania expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe, and called for the immediate
lifting of the sanctions to facilitate socio-economic recovery in the country.
NATURE OF SANCTIONS
4 The EU sanctions on Zimbabwe
comprise of an arms embargo, as well as an asset freeze and travel ban on
targeted people and entities;
5 The nature of USA Sanctions on
Zimbabwe is in two key instruments namely.
(I) The Zimbabwe Democracy and
Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA), and
(ii) The “targeted sanctions
program”, which comprises a list of individuals and entities, and specifically
instructs US nationals not to do business with these designated entities or
their affiliated entities.
The current list as of October
2019 includes’, 13 state-owned enterprises; 13 so-called “other” enterprises;
25 farms; 3 Zanu-PF owned Enterprises; and about 100 individuals.