The Zimbabwe Embassy in Paris is accredited to France, Portugal, Spain and The Vatican City State. The Embassy is also Zimbabwe’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The Embassy, as the official representative of the Government of Zimbabwe in France is charged with the important task of promoting, protecting and safeguarding the national interests, image and influence of the Republic of Zimbabwe in France, Portugal, Spain and The Vatican, as well as at UNESCO and the UNWTO. The Embassy also aims to protect the interests and safety of Zimbabwean nationals in its countries of accreditation.


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Ambassador of Zimbabwe to France, Spain, Portugal and The Vatican; Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to UNESCO; and to the UNWTO

Ambassador Shonhiwa is a career civil servant who joined the public service straight after graduation from college. Prior to taking up the appointments above, Ambassador Shonhiwa was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Industry, Commerce and International Trade in Zimbabwe, a post she had held for 9 years. Before being assigned to the Permanent Secretary position Ambassador Shonhiwa served as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Zimbabwe Embassy in China (Beijing); Principal Director (Economic Affairs) Ministry of Economic Development and Planning; Divisional Head (Multilateral Affairs) Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Director External Trade (Ministry of Industry and Commerce; Under Secretary (Ministry of Industry and Commerce as she rose through the ranks.


Welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Paris, France. It is my hope that through this website you will gain a deeper knowledge about Zimbabwe and the services provided by the Embassy. Zimbabwe and France established diplomatic relations in 1981 and relations between the two countries remain warm and cordial. One of the Embassy’s chief goals is to further promote and strengthen bilateral political and socio-economic relations between Zimbabwe and France as well as with the other countries to which the Embassy is accredited. Besides France, the Embassy is also accredited to Portugal, Spain and the Vatican City State. It is also a multilateral station representing Zimbabwe’s interests at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

The Second Republic, in its Vision 2030, aims to develop Zimbabwe and attain Upper Middle-Income status by 2030. As part of efforts to achieve this Vision, the Government of Zimbabwe has and continues to proclaim that ZIMBABWE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Testament to this, the country has implemented a number of reforms to improve the ease of doing business. The Embassy calls upon all investors, traders and business entities from across the world to take up the trade and investment opportunities offered by Zimbabwe for mutual benefit. Zimbabwe is also OPEN to receive all visitors and/or tourists to experience the beauty and hospitality of our great nation.

As Zimbabwe strives to achieve Vision 2030, no one and no place should be left behind. In this respect, the Government invites its 11th Province, the Zimbabwean Diaspora, to participate fully in the development of our country. We therefore invite the Diaspora to take advantage of investment opportunities being created at home.

Last but not least, the Embassy also strives to provide the best consular services to all Zimbabweans and foreigners in the countries of accreditation.

I look forward to active interactions and deliberations with all stakeholders who may wish to pursue economic and business interests in Zimbabwe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions, or even just to visit. Your comments and advice are most welcome.

I thank you!