Location: A landlocked country in SC Africa, Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) has Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique as neighbours. Achieved independence on April 18, 1980, after a bitter struggle against the white minority government in power.
History: A referendum rejected the new draft constitution in early 2000. In April, the constitution was amended to give the Govt. the right to seize white-owned farms without compensation. Mugabe armed with the new law went ahead with his plans to confiscate 804 farms belonging to Whites, to be redistributed to ordinary Zimbabweans. In June 2000 election, Mugabe's party scored a narrow win.
Minerals: Zimbabwe is rich in minerals notably copper, nickel, gold, asbestos, chrome and coal. Its platinum deposits are the world's largest. Over 40 different types of metals and minerals are produced. About 40% of foreign exchange derived from the export of metal and metal related products.
Industries: Industries include food processing, metals, textiles, furniture and engineering. Maize, groundnuts, cotton and tobacco are the chief crops, tobacco being the most important one. Zimbabwe is world's second largest exporter of flue-cured tobacco, after Brazil. Zimbabwe's agricultural performance has been hailed as the best in black Africa. Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the country. About one-fourth of the adult population has HIV/AIDS.
Mission in India:
High Commission of the Republic of Zimbabwe
F-63, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi - 110 057, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2614 0430, 2614 0431
Fax: 91 - 11 - 2615 4316
Indian Mission in Zimbabwe:
High Commission of India
No. 12, Natal Rod, Belgravia
Post Box No. 4620, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: 00 - 263 - 4 - 795955
Fax: 00 - 263 - 4 - 722324