ZimPAS Highlights – June 18, 2015

Key Highlights

  • Important Notice to Prospective Visitors to the U.S.: The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to experience technical problems with our visa systems. This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. We regret the inconvenience to travelers and recognize that this is causing hardship to those waiting for visas, and in some cases, their family members or employers in the United States. We will continue to post regular updates on http://travel.state.gov
  • Senior U.S. government officials briefed African journalists on the ways that the United States is working together with African Union partners in supporting the AU’s growing involvement in promoting democracy, supporting economic growth, preserving peace and security, and advancing opportunity and development. These goals closely align with President Obama’s strategic objectives for Africa.
  • U.S. relations with Zimbabwe continue to improve and the United States is focused on doing more with the people of Zimbabwe, Ambassador Wharton told a local daily during the week.
  • The U.S. government and other international partners are disappointed that the Government of Zimbabwe has not done more to communicate its efforts to find Itai Dzamara, reportedly abducted over 100 days ago, and bring to justice those responsible.
  • Since 2008, the State Department has conducted fiscal transparency reviews of governments receiving bilateral allocations of assistance funded under the State Department Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Acts. The report provides an opportunity for citizens to consider their government’s level of and approach to fiscal transparency, and to engage in discussion of how to improve budget transparency, public participation in the budget process, and fiscal policy. This year’s Fiscal Transparency Report for 2015 has specific recommendations for Zimbabwe.
  • Congratulations to the twenty seven graduates of the United States Achievers Program (USAP) who earned a combined total of $6.1 million in scholarship funding from American academic institutions to pursue their studies at various American colleges and universities.
  • A happy and blessed Ramadan to all Muslims in Zimbabwe! As Secretary of State John Kerry stated this week “Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity.”

On Our Calendar

  • Tuesday June 23, 2015; 3 pm: Food for Thought Session- Topic: Experiences from the coal face of human rights.” Discussion facilitated by Cynthia Manjoro, ZimRights; Chester Samba, GALZ; Gilbert Makore, Zim Environmental Law Association and Memory Kadau, CRISIS Coalition of Zimbabwe. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate. Free to interested members of the public.
  • DEADLINE June 26, 2015: Are you an innovator? Does your idea stand to make a difference? The U.S. Embassy and its partners are proud to support Innovation Baraza in the lead up to our Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi and as part of our multi-layered effort to support the Zimbabwean entrepreneurship eco-system.
  • Saturday June 27th 2015; 5 pm: Almasi Collaborative Arts presents a staged reading of Athol Fugard’s No Good Friday directed by Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath. This reading is the fifth in the Almasi Mentor Director program where six Zimbabwean directors are in an 8-month mentorship program under American director and drama teacher Julia Wharton. Venue: Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park Free Entry.
  • Tuesday June 30th 2015; 3 pm: Food for Thought session- Topic: The World I Want: my world survey- post 2015 agenda. Facilitated by Junior Chamber International. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate. Free to interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015: 3 pm: Interested in studying in the United States? Join us for EducationUSA Introductory Group Advising Session. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Friday July 3rd 2015: The United States Embassy and all its agencies are closed to the public in honor of the July 4th independence commemorations.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant weekend and a great week ahead!

Karen Kelley, Counsellor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare