Zimbabwe , Botswana to establish Bi-National Commission

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By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe and Botswana have agreed to establish a Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be convened at Heads of State and government level, a step that is expected to enhance bilateral cooperation across all sectors of development. This was revealed by leaders of the two countries at a luncheon hosted for President Emmerson Mnangagwa by his Botswana counterpart, President Ian Khama at The Grand Palm hotel this afternoon.

Addressing invited guests and Ambassadors accredited to Botswana, President Mnangagwa paid tribute to the new chapter of friendship and cooperation which is unfolding, saying the relationship has its roots in the sacrifices made by Botswana when it assisted Zimbabwe attain its independence.

The Zimbabwean leader said as the two countries work to revive bilateral relations, it is critical that the Zimbabwe - Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) be elevated to become a BNC to allow for greater cooperation across all sectors and pave way for the commencement of a new economic era in the cooperation of the two governments.

He applauded progress achieved with regards to numerous agreements and memoranda of understanding that have been discussed over the past few days by the two governments and are now ready for signing.

At the luncheon, Zimbabwe extended an invitation to Botswana companies to take advantage of the new investor friendly environment in the country and help exploit the vast mineral resources that Zimbabwe has to offer.

In response, President Khama described President Mnangagwa’s visit as historic, saying it provides a fresh impetus for the revitalisation and consolidation of relations that exist between the two countries.

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