The 3rd Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) got underway in the capital today with Zimbabwe and South African Ministers and officials meeting ahead of the official opening set for this Tuesday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his South African counterpart President Cyril Ramaphosa will officially open the BNC tomorrow.

Speaking at the Ministerial Meeting of the 3rd Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa BNC, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo, who is also chairing the meeting, said the BNC represents the pinnacle of bilateral cooperation and is the primary vehicles for a shared destiny between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo

He said progress reports on progress in the implementation of various agreements and proposals for new areas of cooperation will be tabled.

He added that a number of agreements are expected to be signed tomorrow as a sign of cementing and deepening relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Dr Moyo says the BNC is set to breathe life into effective implementation of deals to unlock economic opportunities abound in the two countries.

Minister Moyo said Zimbabwe continues on a path of recovery, adding that the country’s economic revival prioritises the resuscitation of industries.

“A stronger Zimbabwe is one that is capacitated to effectively partner South Africa,” he said.

His South African counterpart and Co-Chair of the Ministerial meeting, who is also Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu thanked her Zimbabwean counterpart for the warm welcome of the SA delegation and expressed hope that the two countries will deepen socio-economic and political cooperation through the BNC.

“What happens in Zimbabwe impacts on South Africa and vice versa, so we must always collaborate. We are bound by history,” she said.

Minister Sisulu said the BNC is an instrument and mechanism that needs to be acted upon on both sides to achieve implementation of planned programmes.