The Bi-National Commission Meeting between Zimbabwe and South Africa has ended in Pretoria today with the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy, environment, conservation, sport and recreation.
Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mnangagwa and various South African ministers signed the agreements.
After the meeting, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana Mashabane read a communiqué on the agreements.
The Bi-National Commission comes in the backdrop of excellent relations between the two Southern African neighbours.
President Robert Mugabe said this meeting has come at a time both nations are faced with various challenges due to the advancement in ICTs.
“I think together we should look at how we can protect our economies from those who would want to destroy them using the ICTs. We don’t have the means yet and I don’t think you also have them as well but I am aware that some of our friends have the means, lets borrow those means to protect our economies from subversion and leave them open between us to ensure investments to flow from either side and address the need for development that has found us meeting here for the second time,” said President Robert Mugabe.
Cde Mugabe and his South African counterpart, President Jacob Zuma agreed to establish a one border post at Beitbridge by next year.
“Our struggles are about our economic emancipation of our people and to this end we have a challenging task but I am confident that our joint efforts will lead us there,” President Zuma said.
The two leaders also exchanged notes on various issues that are both bi-lateral and multi-lateral and spoke on the need for their ministers to expedite the implementation of the signed bi-lateral agreements.