South African President Cyril Ramaphosa landed in Harare on Monday evening, for the Bi-National Commission (BNC) Ramaphosa was met at Robert Mugabe International airport by his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe and South Africa conduct trade and business Relations through the BNC, which was established in 2015.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said they would seek to “strengthen mutual cooperation and deepen implementation” of 45 bilateral agreements.
“South Africa and Zimbabwe are signatories to 45 agreements which cover a wide range of fields, including trade and investment, health, labour, migration, defence, taxation, tourism, scientific and technological cooperation, water and the environment,” she explained.
“In terms of trade, South African exports to Zimbabwe totalled R30.8bn, while imports from Zimbabwe amounted to R3.6bn.”
Ramaphosa’s delegation comprises ministers of:
international relations and cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu;
defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;
finance, Tito Mboweni;
trade and industry, Dr Rob Davies;
home affairs, Dr Siyabonga Cwele;
transport, Dr Blade Nzimande; and
police, Bheki Cele.
Deputy minister of social development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, is also part of the delegation.
Deputy President David Mabuza will act as president during Ramaphosa’s absence.
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