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South Africa and Botswana will deepen economic cooperation today when President Jacob Zuma and his Botswana counterpart, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, meet in Pretoria.

The two Presidents will co-chair the third Session of the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse.

The Presidency says the two countries already cooperate in a variety of areas including transport, trade and investment, health, education, environmental issues, water, science and technology, agriculture, justice, immigration, energy, finance, culture, security and sport.

South Africa remains one of the major trading partners of Botswana. In 2015, South Africa’s total bilateral trade with Botswana stood at R 57.97 billion.

“There is a large presence of South African companies in Botswana, which are involved in various sectors such as housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services, etc. These companies continue to contribute to the growth and development of the Botswana economy,” the Presidency said.

The South African delegation to the BNC will comprise the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson’ Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana.