President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, are set to meet at the forthcoming first-ever Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Bi-National Commission session will have officials from both southern African countries discuss trade, investment, regional and global developments.
The inaugural session will be co-chaired by both president Zuma and President Robert Mugabe.
Many bi-lateral trade agreements are expected to be signed by both parties.
Zimbabwe’s foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi confirmed on Wednesday that the BNC session will take place in Harare on November 3, following a ministerial meeting on November 2.
The BNC was established on April 8, 2015, to bolster bilateral relations, as well as promoting cooperation in different sectors of both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Last year, when President Mugabe visited South Africa it was historical as the 92-year-old’s last state visit occurred in 1994. In addition to that, during President Mugabe’s landmark visit to South Africa last year, a key agreement signed was responsible for the establishment of the BNC.
South Africa’s International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Mumbengegwi of South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Diplomatic Consultations. Also, Zim Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa and former finance minister of South Africa, Nhlanhla Nene, signed a Mutual Assistance Between Customs Administrations agreement.
An Agreement on Cooperation on Water Resources Management was also signed and a Joint Water Commission was established to enhance cooperation in water resources planning, development, and management in the spirit of mutual understanding and benefit.
“Our desire is to have the economy, as well as trade, that favors both countries … that is what we are working towards,” President Zuma said during President Mugabe’s visit.