Story by Stanley James, Business Editor
ECONOMIC cooperation and review of bilateral ties are the key issues under discussion during the Zimbabwe-Kenya Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) which started this Monday.
The Mid-Term Review of the 3rd Session of the Kenya-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation has attracted participants from the two countries’ public and private sectors, to boost cooperation.
A follow-up action plan in relation to agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two countries are also being reviewed during the two-day meeting.
Zimbabwe is expecting more trade and business opportunities.
“The next two days should help us to take stock of how far we have come and forge greater coherence as we strive for the successful implementation of all our decisions,” noted Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Permanent Secretary, Ambassador James Manzou.
“Therefore, in this review, we have to be very objective in assessing where we have succeeded and where we can and must improve our focus and support our joint programmes,” he also said.
Kenya is also reaffirming its commitment to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe.
“I am confident that this Mid-Term Review session will serve as motivation for the finalisation and signing of the remaining draft instruments,” said Bilateral and Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and Diplomatic Affairs –Kenya Director General, Ambassador George Orina.
“It is also an inspiration to further broaden our bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of our two countries and that our cooperation and relevant authorities of both sides will speed up their follow-up in order to achieve the expected results.”
Some of the topics during the review sessions include an update on current trade and investment levels, existing political ties, socio-economic development projects, agriculture, science, health, media, housing and technology cooperation.