Zuma heads for Zim Bi­lat­eral trade, global de­vel­op­ments on agenda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

SOUTH African Pres­i­dent Mr Ja­cob Zuma is ex­pected in the coun­try on Thurs­day next week to at­tend the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the Bi-Na­tional Com­mis­sion where Zim­babwe and South Africa are set to dis­cuss trade, in­vest­ment, en­ergy, tourism, wa­ter, health, re­gional and global de­vel­op­ments.

The Bi-Na­tional Com­mis­sion will be jointly chaired by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Mr Zuma.

The South African Pres­i­dent leads a del­e­ga­tion of eight Cabi­net min­is­ters and a num­ber of agree­ments are ex­pected to be signed be­tween the two par­ties at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing.

The BNC was es­tab­lished on April 8 last year fol­low­ing the sign­ing of an agree­ment by the Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs of the two coun­tries dur­ing a State visit to South Africa by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Dur­ing the visit, three land­mark agree­ments and two mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing, which are ex­pected to steer bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and de­vel­op­ment of the two neigh­bours to greater heights, were penned.

The BNC is a suc­ces­sor to the Joint Com­mis­sion for Co­op­er­a­tion signed by Zim­babwe and South Africa on March 2, 1995 and it seeks ways and means of pro­mot­ing and en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the var­i­ous sec­tors of Gov­ern­ment and to co­or­di­nate ini­tia­tives in this re­gard as well as to fa­cil­i­tate con­tact be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors of the two coun­tries.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said the ses­sion to be held in Harare on Novem­ber 3, would be pre­ceded by a min­is­te­rial meet­ing on Novem­ber 2 and a se­nior of­fi­cials meet­ing from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 1 this year. “It is also ex­pected that a num­ber of agree­ments will be signed at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing.

‘‘On Oc­to­ber 21, 2016, the Po­lit­i­cal and Diplo­macy Com­mit­tee of the Zim­babwe - South Africa Bi-Na­tional Com­mis­sion met in Harare.

“The com­mit­tee em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic con­sul­ta­tions as a fo­rum to en­hance bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and an ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism to track progress on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­ci­sions taken at the BNC and other con­sul­ta­tions,” reads the state­ment.

Dur­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s visit to South Africa last year, the key agree­ment signed was on the es­tab­lish­ment of the BNC, which Zim­babwe For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi and South Africa In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Min­is­ter Maite NkoanaMasha­bane signed off.

The two min­is­ters also signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on Diplo­matic Con­sul­ta­tions; while Fi­nance min­is­ters Pa­trick Chi­na­masa and Nh­lanhla Nene signed the agree­ment on Mu­tual As­sis­tance Be­tween Cus­toms Ad­min­is­tra­tions.

The agree­ment on Co-op­er­a­tion on Wa­ter Re­sources Man­age­ment and es­tab­lish­ment and func­tion­ing of the Joint Wa­ter pact were signed by the then En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere and his South African coun­ter­part.

In­dus­try and Trade Min­is­ter Mike Bimha and South Africa’s Rob Davies signed an MoU on Eco­nomic and Trade Co-op­er­a­tion.

Pres­i­dents Mu­gabe and Zuma both hailed the agree­ments, MoUs and talks as no­table mile­stones in the de­vel­op­ment of the two coun­tries’ re­la­tions, ex­press­ing their de­sire to see th­ese re­flected in greater re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal in­te­gra­tion for the bet­ter­ment of cit­i­zens’ lives.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said there was much the two coun­tries could learn from each other.

South Africa is Zim­babwe’s largest trad­ing part­ner on the con­ti­nent.

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