In a major departure from the norm, President Mnangagwa will this year join other Heads of States and Governments virtually on the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to take place from 21st to 27th September, 2021, in New York, the United States of America.
In a statement to the press, Deputy Chief Secretary, Presidential Communications George Charamba states that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the Assembly have given Member States an option to attend physically or virtually.
“Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the Assembly have recommended a hybrid Assembly where Member States have an option to either attend physically through country delegations, or virtually through online platforms,” said Charamba.
Charamba further asserts that President Mnangagwa’s idea to attend the Assembly virtually is in the interest of economic recovery whose fundamentals are currently pointing in the positive direction.
“In light of the continuing Covid-19 global threat, and to allow for the consolidation of reforms and recovery of our Economy whose fundamentals are pointing in a positive trajectory, His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, had this year decided not to attend the United Nations General Assembly in person.
“Instead, he will participate virtually via video conferencing”, he said.
President Mnangagwa will deliver his address on 23rd September 2021 and attend other High Level Meetings occurring on the sidelines of the main debate.