Angola’s Dos Santos to make historic visit to SA

2010-12-11 07:57

Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos will be in South Africa for a two-day state visit next week, the department of international relations and co-operation said today.

“This is a historic visit as it is the first state visit to South Africa by His Excellency President dos Santos,” the department said.

“The visit follows the successful August 2009 state visit to Angola by His Excellency President Zuma, during which several agreements or memorandums of understanding were signed between the two countries,” the department said.

Zuma would be hosting his Angolan counterpart from December 13 to 15.

The two presidents would review progress on the key areas of bilateral co-operation.

These included, among others, energy, agriculture, transport, trade and investment, mining, infrastructure development, communication, arts and culture, and education.

The department said Dos Santos would be accompanied by several of his cabinet ministers and a business delegation that would participate in a Business Forum to explore investment and trade opportunities between South Africa and Angola.

During the state visit a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding were expected to be signed.

Trade statistics between the two countries showed a steady growth, the department said.

In 2009, South African exports to Angola amounted to R5.5 billion while Angolan exports to South Africa amounted to about R12 billion.

South African exports to Angola included a wide range of products while Angolan exports were predominantly petroleum-related products.

Almost 90% of Angolan exports to South Africa in 2009 were petroleum-related products.

The department said it was expected that trade cooperation between the two countries would “grow to greater heights against the backdrop of strengthened political relations”.

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