Rwandan and Zimbabwean officials meet in Harare to strengthen bilateral ties

The Zimbabwe-Rwanda mid-term review meeting of the second Joint Permanent Cooperation Commission (JPCC), which is expected to further strengthen the already good bilateral relations between the two countries, began in Harare on Monday, May 24.

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In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Ambassador Albert Chimbindi, acknowledged the excellent bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and Rwanda. Chimbindi, who was represented by the Chief Director of Political Affairs, Pearson Chigiji, noted that the relationship between Zimbabwe and Rwanda is growing from strength to strength.

The two-day meeting will discuss, among other topics, cooperation in trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, mineral resources, exchange of educational personnel and experience, climate change and media.

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According to the Government of Zimbabwe, the review is a mechanism to follow up on the implementation of the various Memorandums of Understanding and other agreements signed during the second session of the Zimbabwe-Rwanda JPCC held in Rwanda in May 2022.

The first session was held virtually, from March 16 to 18, 2021 and memoranda of understanding were signed in the fields of diplomacy, trade and investment, justice and media, communication and advertising. The two sides explored new areas of bilateral cooperation, including finance, defence, environment, natural resources, agriculture, science and technology, as well as tourism.