Harare – Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Shava is on three-nation tour of Southern Africa as Harare seeks to consolidate bilateral ties with its partners in SADC.
Minister Shava is visiting Botswana, Namibia and South Africa from May 18 to 21 May, where he will meet his counterparts from the respective countries, Ministers Lemogang Kwape, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Naledi Pandor.
In Namibia, the ministers will formally establish the Binational Commission; and will co-chair the 6th Round of the Political and Diplomatic Consultations of the Zimbabwe/Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Co-operation. This was last held in Windhoek in 2019.
“The Ministers will sign the Agreement on the Establishment of a Bi-National Commission,” said Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. “This Agreement will change the Joint Commission to a Bi-National Commission which is chaired at the Head of State and Government Level.”
Zimbabwe and Botswana have seven bilateral agreements which were signed in February last year, covering mutual legal assistance in criminal matters; a memorandum of understanding on health matters; sport development; cooperation in the field of media information and publicity; provision of sustainable, affordable and functional low-cost housing; cooperation in technical, vocational education and training; and employment and labour. The two countries also have agreements that cover wildlife and conservation management.
“The visits are in affirmation of the government’s policy of engagement and re-engagement and are also a platform to seek trade and investment opportunities for Zimbabwe,” said Zimbabwe Affairs Foreign Ministry.