President Emmerson Mnagagwa is on his first working visit in South Africa for the first time as the president of Zimbabwe.
He is said to be attending a business conference today in Pretoria. He will also address Zimbabweans in South Africa in an attempt to rebuild Zimbabwe’s struggling economy, Zimbabwe’s Herald recently reported.
President Jacob Zuma will host Mnagagwa at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu resident in Pretoria. The two state leaders will discuss various important issues such as regional, continental and international developments the presidency said in a statement.
“South Africa and Zimbabwe enjoy cordial and bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and political bonds that date back to the era of the liberation struggle,” the statement released yesterday said.
The trade between the two countries has seen exponential growth with Zimbabwe being one of South Africa’s top five trading partners in the Southern African region and the continent.
South Africa’s export to Zimbabwe in 2016 were worth R29. 3 billion.
Since his inauguration last month after a forceful removal of long-time-serving president, Robert Mugabe, Mnagagwa has made it clear that he is determined to revive his country’s economy by bringing investors to invest in the Southern African country.