May 9, 2010

New Zimbabwe Policy

There appears to be a shift happening in U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe. On May 4, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate calling for “a more flexible and forward thinking” policy. According to the sponsors of the bill (Russ Feingold (D-WI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and John Kerry (D-MA) this legislation “gives the Obama administration the guidance and flexibility to press for badly needed reforms in Zimbabwe.”  

Some of the main highlights:
  • Provide for additional flexibility for International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to engage with Zimbabwe.
  • Amend the restrictions on assistance to make exceptions in the areas of health and education.
This will definitely be worth tracking given the devastating effect the current sanctions have had on the people of Zimbabwe.  

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