The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) has observed that the recent standoff in Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will negatively affect the trade relations among countries in the Southern African region.
CTPD Head of Programmes, Brian Mwiinga has since called on regional trading blocs to help in resolving the situation so that the trade is not disturbed further.
He added that this is why there is need the for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to press governments in the two countries to quickly resolve their differences.
Zimbabwe has in the past days recorded unrest following government’s decision to increase fuel pump prices by about 150 percent.
Meanwhile, in DRC electoral commission last Thursday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the December 30 vote with 38.57 percent of the tally against chief rival Martin Fayulu’s 34.8 percent, an election that has been disputed and is being challenged in the courts of law.