Zim-SA Bi-National Commission opens

President Cyril Ramaphosa with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: GCIS

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Zimbabwean and South African senior officials today met in Harare for the third session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC), African Daily Voice has learnt.

According to the Herald, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Secretary Ambassador James Manzou and South African Director General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Kgado Mahoai opened the meeting.

“In their opening remarks, the two senior officials emphasised the need to implement agreements signed by the two countries,” reads a statement by the Herald.

The BNC, to be held next Tuesday, will be co-chaired by President Mnangagwa and his South African counterpart President Cyril Ramaphosa, coming hard on the heels of a similar fixture between Zimbabwe and Botswana last week.

The two leaders,  widely considered to be pro-business, are expected to take strong bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours a notch higher.

Last month, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu disclosed that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Zimbabwe this month.

“We are preparing for a Bi-national meeting with Zimbabwe on March 12, 2019, our President will lead the delegation to Harare, l thought by now sanctions imposed on the Zimbabwe Government and its people would be lifted to enable the country to start afresh after all the challenges they have gone through,” said Sisulu.

Zimbabwe and South Africa are known to be having good relations since both countries attained its independence from their colonial masters.

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