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President Ruto jets into Zim; seeks to elevate existing ties

By Agencies

President William Ruto has arrived in Zimbabwe and was received by his counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Ruto will be the chief guest at the 64th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo.

The President’s tour of Zimbabwe is aimed at bolstering political, economic, and socio-cultural ties between the two countries.

In a meeting with Mnangagwa, Ruto will emphasise the significance of international trade fairs and forums as catalysts for economic development, industrial growth, global linkages and job creation.
The visit elevates the existing strong bilateral relations between the two countries by upgrading the current Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation at the ministerial level to a Bi-National Commission at the Heads of State level.

The President is expected to sign seven bilateral cooperation instruments in health, defence, investment, education, transport and capacity building in public service during the visit.

In talks with President Mnangagwa, Ruto will express the need for closer air connectivity between the two countries in the spirit of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Tripartite Alliance Free Trade Area.

The President will also share Kenya’s perspective on climate action and the urgent need for UN Security Council reforms that respond to the current global realities.

As a champion for the African Union institutional reforms, he will seek President Mnangagwa’s views and ideas on how to strengthen the continental institution.

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