SA President to meet Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday

March 10, 2019
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H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa holds a bilateral meeting with H.E. President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the sidelines of the 10th BRICS Summit taking place at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg 26/7/2018 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Zimbabwe is described as one of South Africa’s top trading partners on the continent – will host a meeting between presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday.

The SA president’s office said Ramaphosa will travel to Harare to co-chair the third session of the Bi-National Commission‚ following a meeting between senior officials from both countries last week.

The two countries conduct their bilateral relations through the Bi-National Commission‚ established in 2015. Both heads of state will review progress made with the implementation of the 45 bilateral agreements signed so far spanning trade and investment‚ health‚ labour‚ migration‚ defence‚ taxation‚ tourism‚ water and environment.

The presidency said: “Trade cooperation between the two countries is at a high level to the extent that South African exports to Zimbabwe in 2018‚ amounted to approximately R30.8bn‚ while imports from Zimbabwe amounted to approximately R3.6bn‚ thus placing Zimbabwe among South Africa’s top trading partners on the continent.”

“South Africa and Zimbabwe have good bilateral political‚ economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.”

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the ministers of international relations and cooperation‚ Lindiwe Sisulu‚ defence and military veterans‚ Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula‚ trade and industry‚ Rob Davies‚ home affairs Siyabonga Cwele‚ and transport‚ Blade Nzimande.