President Zuma is expected to visit Harare, Zimbabwe this week for the inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The meeting will be jointly chaired by President Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart President Robert Mugabe.

The BNC meetings are focused on a plethora of bilateral issues including trade, investment, energy, tourism, water and health.

Head of Zimbabwe’s senior officials’ delegation, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, and South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane were expected to sign  agreements and Memorandum of Understanding after which a joint communiqué would be issued.

A Press conference was scheduled thereafter followed by a luncheon hosted by president Mugabe.

President Zuma was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on November 2, with a delegation of eight ministers.