By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE and Botswana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Health matters during the second session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission(BNC), being held in Maun, Botswana.
Giving his opening statement in Maun, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo commended the move by the two countries to commit to working together in the wake of Coronavirus.
“Indeed it is timely that we are now going to sign the MoU on cooperation in Health matters considering that we are meeting today in the shadow of another potential global pandemic, the Coronavirus, which has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization,” Minister Moyo said.
“It is therefore, fortuitous that we have decided to cooperate in Health matters and certainly in that regard, our officials should jointly identify robust methods of combating and curbing the spread of communicable diseases.”
Minister Moyo revealed that Zimbabwe and Botswana are set to sign several agreements at the ongoing session.
“I am pleased to note that 13 Agreements and Memoranda of Understandings in various fields currently exist between our two countries, with the latest signed being the MoU on Combating Corruption. Furthermore, I am informed that several Agreements and MoUs are ready for signing during this BNC Session, thereby signalling an expansion of cooperation between our sister countries.
“I wish to once again emphasise to our officials that the signing of these agreements is not an end in itself but should pave way for bolstering bilateral cooperation and the transformation of our economies. It is only through diligent implementation of these instruments that we will be able to deliver a better life to our peoples, who after all, are the centrepiece of our bilateral relationship.”
The minister also took time to appreciate the role played by Botswana and other SADC countries in standing with Zimbabwe in its calls for the removal of sanctions.
“I also want to take this moment, on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe, to extend deep appreciation to Botswana as well as other SADC countries, for the resolute and principled stance taken on calling for the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and that historic decision taken to declare 25 October, Anti-Sanctions Day.”
Meanwhile, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to arrive later this Thursday in Maun ahead of the crunch talks with his counterpart, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, tomorrow.
The inaugural session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana BNC was held in Zimbabwe around the same time last year in Harare where the two countries agreed to deepen relations and foster cooperation in socio-economic development, politics, defence and security and industrial synergies among others.
By ZBC Reporter