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only the environmental impact, but also the socio-economic

Strong historical and fraternal relations

impact of the drought.

The BNC has made considerable progress in strength-

Presidents Zuma and Mugabe also called for further progress

ening bilateral cooperation in sectors such as trade,

in the implementation of the Southern African Development

investment, finance, health, labour, education, train-

Community (SADC) Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.

ing, women and gender, sport and recreation, mining,

“In this context, they looked forward to the adoption of the

tourism, energy, transport, infrastructure development,

Costed Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy and

information communication technology, science and

Roadmap at the forthcoming SADC Extraordinary Summit to

technology, tourism, immigration, defence and security.

be held in March 2017,” the communique read.

Peace and security

“The two Heads of State expressed satisfaction with the strong historical and fraternal relations existing between the two countries and reiterated their commit-

The two Heads of State also exchanged views on the political

ment to continue to enhance these relations. They also

and security developments in the region. They reaffirmed the

reviewed a wide range of regional and international

need to sustain peace and stability for the economic growth


and integration of the region.

“… The BNC also expressed satisfaction with the excel-

They condemned the upsurge of terrorism and extremism in

lent cooperation in defence and security, and encour-

some regions of the continent and they called for enhanced

aged the respective agencies to continue to collaborate

cooperation by African Union (AU) member states and other

on issues of mutual concern,” said the communique.

stakeholders in combating the scourge. Presidents Zuma and Mugabe also expressed concern over

The Presidents noted the growing economic cooperation between the two countries, and agreed to

the migration crisis affecting certain parts of the African conti-

establish a Joint Trade and Investment Committee by

nent and called for the humane treatment of migrants.

the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Regarding the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, the Heads

They placed emphasis on the importance of business-

of State reiterated their support for the right to self-determi-

to-business interaction and the promotion of public-

nation of the Saharawi people. They emphasised the need for

private partnerships and joint ventures.

Africa to speak with the same voice on this matter to highlight the plight of the Saharawi people.

The two Heads of State discussed the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade and the Bilateral

They noted Morocco's application to join the AU and wel-

Trade Agreement between Zimbabwe and South Af-

comed the statement by the AU Commission chairperson

rica, including various statutory instruments adopted

highlighting the procedures for membership

by Zimbabwe related to import control management.”

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