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Zimbabwe / South Africa officials to meet before visiting Ramaphosa



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Bara Harare
Zimbabwe and South Africa officials will meet next week, as preparations for the visit by President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to northern neighbors gather momentum.

President Ramaphosa will visit Zimbabwe on March 12 for the Third National Commission (BNC) session, and Zimbabwe Ambassador to South Africa, Mr David Hamadziripi said yesterday that preparations for the visit were underway in Harare and Phretoria.

Both countries held their final BNC in October 2017 and the visit by President Ramaphosa will provide a lift to the strong strong bilateral links that already exist.

"We will be having meetings with relevant South Africa officials next week to prepare for the BNC," he said.

"It is important to note that the BNC, last to meet in Pretoria in October 2017, will review co-operation across the board.

"We expect issues related to trade and investment, energy, transport, health, safety and protection among others to be the main points of speaking."

One of the main issues expected to dominate the discussions said the establishment of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) in Beitbridge.

Under the concept, passengers will be cleared once to go to the country or another rather than the current situation where travelers have to queue twice on both sides of & # 39 The other is to complete the same processes, which slow down the movement of cargo and human traffic.

Zimbabwe and South Africa enjoy cordial dating dating back to the days of their fight for relief.

It is also likely to be a strong geopolitical design as South Africa, the most influential economy and the strongest economic economy of Africa, will be likely to throw pressure behind Zimbabwe in the outer pillar against the country, especially in relation to sanctions illegal imposed on the country by the West.

Last week, the European Union block of 28 members reviewed its restrictive measures on Zimbabwe, which was only a small sign between opposition parties to the ban by increasing forces.

The South African Minister for Relationships and International Co-operation this week revealed that South Africa is still ready to help Zimbabwe, underlining that the regional champion has a great interest in having Zimbabwe as a peaceful and prosperous neighbor.

He said that penalties against Zimbabwe were central to this and that sanctions would appear in the discussions between the Mnangagwa and Ramaphosa Presidents.

President Ramaphosa has been an anti-Zimbabwe penalty campaigner himself.

Last month, he took the campaign to the 49th World Economic Forum (WEF) edition in Davos, Switzerland, where he called publicly for raising the ban.

Last year, he also called on the European Union (EU) to raise penalties on Zimbabwe during the 7th South African European Union Summit in Brussels, where they discussed a number of issues relating to trade, climate change, women's rights among other global issues.

The EU and the United States of America hold sanctions on Zimbabwe, with the EU increasingly discharging the measures.

The US is still defining, punishing Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF to give advantage to the MDC-Alliance opposition parties.

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