from DANAI MWARUMBA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE – ZIMBABWE and South Africa are expected to deepen bilateral relations on Tuesday.
Deliberations on political and diplomatic, economic, social, defence and security of the two neighbouring countries will be top of the agenda.
The highlight will be a meeting between Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe).
They will meet under the auspices of the Bi-National Commission (BNC).
The countries will also discuss implementation of the Joint Water Commission projects, cooperation in the energy sector, cooperation between regulatory authorities around cooperation in natural gas, bio-fuels and petroleum fuel marking.
Among other important issues to be discussed include the construction of the Mozambique-Zimbabwe-South Africa power transmission line expected to improve energy connectivity and electricity trading in Southern Africa.
Diplomats from both countries will discuss the issue of South African permits for Zimbabweans under the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits.
Ramaphosa is expected to call for the lifting of sanctions effected on Zimbabwe by Western nations.
Six ministers will accompany Ramaphosa.
These are International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu.
Others are Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula (Defence and Military Veterans), Rob Davis (Trade and Industry), Siyabonga Cwele (Home Affairs), Blade Nzimande (Transport) and Bogopane Zulu (Deputy Minister for Social Development).
South Africa is Zimbabwe’s biggest partner.
In 2018, South Africa witnessed business volumes to Zimbabwe valued at R30,8 billion while imports from Zimbabwe totalled R3,6 billion.
“South Africa and Zimbabwe have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle,” said Sisulu.
– CAJ News