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National Day Celebrations

A reception to mark the Czech Republic’s National Day was held at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Harare on 28 October 2013.

Among the distinguished persons within the approximately 150 guests who came for the occasion was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Christopher Mutsvangwa and Mayor of the City of Harare, H.W. Bernard Manyenyeni. Other prominent guests included most Harare based Ambassadors, business people, representatives of the Zimbabwean cultural scene, Zimbabwerans who graduated from Czech Universities through Czech government scholarships and Czech citizens.

Chargé d’Affaires e.p. Petr Stary in his introductory speech emphasized the deep historical relations between what are now the Czech Republic and Zimbabwe epitomized by the 18th century Czech explorer , Emil Hollub and the 20th century Czech industrialist and entrepreneur Tomas Bata. Mr. Stary also spoke about the diversity of today’s cultural, civil, business and other contacts between the two countries. He mentioned the small local projects being implemented in Zimbabwe, Czech Government scholarships offered regularly to Zimbabwe, Czech support of Zimbabwean cultural projects and the rise in trade figures between the two countries.

Mannex Motsi, a Zimbabwean musician who toured the Czech Republic during the course of 2013, sang the two national anthems of both countries in their original languages to the amazement of the guests, clearly proving the intensity of the cultural exchanges between the two countries.