Local firms have been urged to take advantage of the visiting South African business delegation to forge joint ventures for the growth of the country’s economy.

Trade between Zimbabwe and South Africa is set to increase, judging by the way captains of industry and commerce in the two countries are exchanging notes.

Speaking to ZBC News after the tour of various stands on the sidelines of an Investment and Trade Initiative Seminar in Harare, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Mike Bimha and the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Cde Samuel Undenge agreed that local business people should take the opportunity to strike viable business ventures with their South African counterparts.

South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe described the engagement as fruitful towards promoting economic ties between the two nations but expressed need for firms to increase trade volumes.

The two day investment seminar is running concurrently with an business exhibition that is meant to give time for businesses to interact for the purposes of forging strategic alliances.