Botswana-Zim BNC Meeting Successful

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Harare — The first Botswana Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) that ended in Harare on Thursday has been a success, according to a joint communique.

The inaugural BNC that was co-chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and President Emmerson Mnangagwa ended with the signing of six agreements between the two countries.

The six agreements were Memerondum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Energy Sector, MoU on Geology, Mining and Metallurgy, Extradition Treaty, MoU on Diplomatic Consultations and Rules of Procedure governing the meetings of the BNC as well as MoU on Cooperation in Science and Technology.

The two presidents underscored the importance of the MoU on geology, mining and metallurgy in enhancing cooperation in the mining sector, especially in the diamond industry, where Botswana had considerable experience and expertise.

The duo also noted the importance of the MoU on cooperation in the energy sector in development and industrialisation efforts of the two countries.

The joint communique states that the two leaders noted the need to increase volumes of investment between the two countries, hence directing that a business forum be convened on the margins of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair scheduled for Bulawayo next month.

The meeting also welcomed Botswana's decision to consider joining the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Uni-visa system as this would assist in the promotion of tourism among the countries involved.

The KAZA Uni-visa system aimed at granting tourists' easy movement between Zambia and Zimbabwe using one document to enter the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe affirmed support for Botswana's rhino restocking exercise. The second BNC session will be in Botswana in 2020.

Source: BOPA

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