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TSHWANE (SOUTH AFRICA), South African President Jacob Zuma is hosting his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe, who is in the country for the session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) underway in Tshwane.

BNC is a forum where the two countries review their relations.

The two leaders used the session to exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern and development in the SADC region.

The session opened with a vow from the two countries to use their bilateral relations to push for the economic emancipation of their people.

While the task is not easy, the two neighbouring countries, which share cultural and historic links, are certain that their joint efforts through mechanisms such as the BNC will lead them there.

Zuma said South Africa and Zimbabwe’s historical, fraternal and cultural bonds demand that they meet on a regular basis to strengthen and consolidate bilateral cooperation and partnership.

We note with satisfaction the ever-growing cooperation between our two countries as evidenced by the existing 40 agreements and memoranda of understanding. These agreements are aimed at promoting political, economic and social cooperation.

The agreements cover a wide range of areas including double taxation, justice, defence, transport, water, science and technology, health, migration, labour, economic and trade cooperation, and tourism.

The two countries have put in place monitoring mechanisms such as Mid-Term Reviews.

Mugabe used his address to recall the historical relations that Zimbabwe and South Africa share. He said while one can choose [their] friends, [they cannot choose their] neighbours. However, if Zimbabwe had a choice, they would still have chosen South Africa.

“When we come here, we know we are coming to our second home We are one, one revolution, one struggle, one future.

The senior statesman expressed his satisfaction on the programmes and projects undertaken by the BNC, as they secure a common future.

President Mugabe called for improved local business environments to attract investments and concerted efforts to promote cross-border investments.

New investment opportunities should be opened in airports, railway and road systems. The respective private and public sectors should not miss out on the opportunities we are trying to facilitate.

Zimbabwe is one of South Africa’s top five trading partners on the continent, with trade statistics showing annual growth.

In 2016, South Africa’s exports to Zimbabwe amounted to approximately R29.3 billion.

There are over 120 South African companies doing business in Zimbabwe in various sectors including mining, aviation, tourism, banking, property, retail, construction and the fast food sectors.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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