Victoria Falls — AFRICAN countries must cooperate closely to deal with growing threats of natural disasters and terrorism, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
He said this while hosting his Botswanan counterpart, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in Victoria Falls ahead of the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the two neighboring nations.
“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters as well as the growing threat of terrorism are a wake-up call on the urgent need for stronger and mutually beneficial cooperation between African countries and the world at large,” Mnangagwa said. .
He said cooperation at the multilateral and bilateral levels has given impetus to the respective communities to face and tackle all challenges head-on with greater resilience and collective capacities.
Both Botswana and Zimbabwe are in Southern Africa, a region of the world that is among the most affected by the effects of climate change. Droughts and floods are among the phenomena affecting the region.
Southern Africa is also exposed to the risk of terrorist attacks which are currently taking place in Mozambique.
The foreign departments of Botswana and Zimbabwe are meeting in Victoria Falls where draft agreements and memorandums of understanding in various aspects of the economy will be signed before the two presidents to foster cooperation on all fronts.
Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was working on a number of economic recovery strategies and cooperating with Botswana on agricultural development and food security among key pillars of development.
“Zimbabwe remains open for business. I once again invite businesses from Botswana to come to Zimbabwe and explore the many investment opportunities available,” he said.
The two countries have a lot in common in terms of geography, culture and history.
Botswana was one of the leading countries calling for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe, leading to the establishment of SADC Anti-Sanctions Day (October 25).
Masisi insisted on the need to preserve mutual relations with Zimbabwe in order to strengthen close cooperation.
He said the geographical location of the two countries reiterates their relationship.
“It is no coincidence that Botswana is next to Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe is next to Botswana and we are related. What you feel as prosperity is our prosperity,” President Masisi said.
He said Botswana, a sparsely populated country in Africa, will continue to offer politically and safely to Mozambique following the terrorist attack.