Zimbabwe and Tanzania are working towards cementing their relations with top officials between the two countries penning numerous economic agreements at the 8th session of the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) which opened this Monday in Harare.

Economic diplomacy has been described as key towards the attainment of vision 2030, with the plan to tie economic deals being high on the agenda.

A three day Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation started with recommendations being tabled in preparation for the ministerial meeting slated for Wednesday focusing on areas where Zimbabwe and Tanzania can further deepen cooperation.

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador James Manzou noted that a number of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) are ready for signing during the 8th session of the JPCC.

“One of these is the MOU on economic, industry and trade cooperation whose implementation will allow us to work more closely in order to enhance economic cooperation through promoting bilateral trade between our two countries. Another is the MOU in the field of agriculture which will provide a legal framework for the already ongoing cooperation between our two countries in this field,” said Ambassador Manzou.

The visiting Tanzanian Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Ambassador Ramadhan Mwinyi said the 7th session of the JPCC was last held in 1998, adding that this is a reactivation of the framework of cooperation between the two countries.

“Now that we have attained political independence, we need to work together towards the alleviation of poverty and economic liberation for our people. To cement on bilateral relations the two countries signed in 1982, this framework is setting the tone in the areas of industry and trade and investment, defence and security, education, agriculture, healthcare and mining,” said Ambassador Mwinyi.

The meeting comes on the backdrop of a successful visit to Zimbabwe by Tanzanian President John Magufuli in May, where together with his counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the two leaders committed to transforming the existing historical and political relations towards stronger bilateral relations.