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Writer: Priscilla Khumalo

SA, Zimbabwe international relations

cement economic ties

President Jacob Zuma with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

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outh Africa and Zimbabwe have reaffirmed their com-

of doing business, including but not limited to, the establish-

mitment to strengthen cooperation across numerous

ment of a one-stop border post for facilitation of free move-

fields, particularly trade, investment and finance.

ment of people, goods and services, policy certainty, among

The neighbouring countries held their inaugural Binational

Commission (BNC) Summit in Harare recently. The BNC was co-chaired by President Jacob Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe.

others,” he said. The BNC stressed the urgent need for the establishment of a One-Stop Border Post at Beitbridge-Musina, as decided by the Joint Permanent Commission at Victoria Falls in 2009. “To that end, the commission decided to finalise the modali-

Agreements signed

ties for its establishment by the time of the next BNC in 2017,”

According to a joint communique issued at the end of the BNC,

said the communique.

to date, South Africa and Zimbabwe have signed 38 agreements and memoranda of understanding. Presidents Zuma

Drought and wildlife matters

and Mugabe urged the various departments to implement

The BNC noted that illegal trade in ivory and other wildlife

these instruments as a matter of urgency.

products remains a concern for both countries. The two coun-

During the BNC, a Bilateral Air Service Agreement was also signed. President Zuma said the BNC must be used to further the development goals of both countries.

tries agreed to further collaborate in finding solutions to the illegal wildlife trade challenges, including through joint law enforcement operations. The two Heads of State took note of the effects of the El Nino-

“Our business communities stand ready to play their part, if

induced drought in the region. They stressed the importance

as governments we create a conducive environment for ease

of adopting appropriate mitigation measures to deal with not

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