Friday, 10 April 2015

South Africa, Zimbabwe sign historic deals

South Africa, Zimbabwe sign historic dealsTHE HISTORIC signing of five bilateral agreements between South Africa and Zimbabwe is expected to further boost socio-economic ties of both countries.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma signed the agreements on 8 March during the former’s first State Visit to South Africa since 1994.

The five treaties are a Bi-National Commission (BNC) Agreement, an Agreement on Cooperation on Water Resources Management, a pact on Mutual Assistance between Customs Administration, and as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Trade Cooperation, and another Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic Consultations.

The Bi-National Commission (BNC) Agreement to be led by the two presidents aims to foster deeper cooperation and implementation of agreed treaties.

An Agreement on Cooperation on Water Resources Management seeks to enhance cooperation in water resources planning, development and management.

South Africa and Zimbabwe share the Limpopo River – one of the largest rivers in Africa that drains to the Indian Ocean.

With regards the pact on Mutual Assistance between Customs Administration, it aims to strengthen cooperation between customs officials, with the ultimate goal of establishing a one-stop border post at Beitbridge.

The Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe is considered to be among sub-Saharan Africa’s busiest ports of entry with hundreds of southward or northward commercial trucks passing through the two border posts every day. Read More..

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