The President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa says the bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and DRC must translate to visible and tangible mutual benefits for the people of the two countries and economies.

Addressing guests at a dinner hosted by the Congolese government in Kinshasa Tuesday (yesterday) night President Mnangagwa said current trends and developmental needs of Zimbabwe and DRC in the context of a highly globalised environment, the continental course under Agenda 2063 and the quest for increased intra-Africa trade gives greater impetus for the two countries to increase cooperation in all socio-economic and political spheres.

To this end the two countries should more than before exploit the potential value of the partnership and investment prospects.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is ready to partner DRC to leverage on their competitive advantage in a broad array of sectors through strategic joint ventures and trade, not only for goods and services for Zimbabwe and DRC but for the continent and the world at large.

The President went on to explain how the country is now open for business through reengagement and further strengthening of relations with those who stood with Zimbabwe in difficult times including DRC.

Cde Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is seized with attending to key enablers to ensure the country is a competitive investment destination.

He pledged to support the expansion of infrastructure along the north-south corridor to consolidate regional integration and ultimately increase intra-Africa trade.

Cde Mnangagwa spoke about government efforts to mitigate energy shortages adding that Zimbabwe is inviting investors in the sector into both conventional energy spheres and emerging renewable energy domain.

In his remarks, President Joseph Kabila recalled how the two countries’ close relations were further cemented with the blood and labour of the Zimbabwean people who helped rescue DRC when it was under siege leading to a stable situation that saw the holding of elections in the vast African country in 2006.

He said the good relations between Zimbabwe and DRC should go beyond class and be felt from people to people between the two nations.

President Kabila pledged DRC’s continued friendship even into the future as the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe moves into the future.

Meanwhile, a Congolese band belted local music as well as Cde Mnangagwa’s song “Kutonga Kwaro Gamba” by Jah Prayzah.