PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, concluded the Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Harare on Tuesday, with calls for the expansion of trade and economic ties between the two Southern African neighbouring countries.
“The two heads of State [Ramaphosa and Mnangagwa] welcomed the positive outcomes of the third BNC held in Harare. They directed the ministers and officials to implement the decisions taken by the heads of state to further cement the strategic bilateral partnership,” the two governments said in a joint communique issued at the end of the summit.
“The two sides emphasised the importance of expanding trade and investment to drive the strategic engagement forward. In this regard, the heads of state-directed their finance and trade ministers to work together to achieve these goals.”
Ramaphosa is in Zimbabwe on an official visit, for the third session of the BNC, at the invitation of Mnangagwa. The South African president is accompanied by five Cabinet ministers including International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
The joint communique said the discussions in Harare were held “in a cordial atmosphere” the statement added.