President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare on Tuesday afternoon for a three-day state visit to Kenya to attend the Zimbabwe–Kenya Joint Permanent Commission on Co-operation (JPCC).
The President and his delegation are expected to explore more opportunities for economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and Kenya.
The third session of the Zimbabwe-Kenya Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation opened in Nairobi on Monday, with discussions on the Memoranda of Agreements signed at the last JPCC.
In his opening statement at the third session of the Zimbabwe– Kenya JPCC, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, James Manzou revealed that there are draft agreements and MoUs at different stages of negotiations. He said:
The Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA), the avoidance of double taxation agreement, and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in tourism and wildlife conservation.
It is imperative for our two countries to quickly negotiate and conclude these legal instruments as they are pivotal to closer economic co-operation between our two countries.
In the social and cultural cluster, the Memorandum of Understanding on the promotion of co-operative development and the MoU on the promotion of women empowerment and community development stand out among those that need to be fast-tracked because of our important contribution to the welfare of communities in both countries.
Of course, this is not to forget the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation in the field of sport and recreation.
In the field of soccer, I note that both Kenya and Zimbabwe recently suffered a similar fate after FIFA imposed bans on our national soccer organizations.
We urgently need to exchange views and strategies on how to resolve the issues involved.
The second session of the Zimbabwe–Kenya JPCC was convened in Harare 25 years ago (in January 1997).