Motlanthe to visit Germany, Finland

2012-05-05 22:37
Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would undertake a working visit to Germany and Finland next week, the presidency said on Saturday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Motlanthe would be in Germany with a delegation of Cabinet ministers and senior officials for the seventh South Africa-Germany Bi-national Commission, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The Commission, established in 1996, co-ordinates bilateral relations between the two countries.

It was expected to discuss problems facing the African continent and the Eurozone and the countries' co-operation in the African Union's post-conflict and reconstruction development programme.

Motlanthe would also attend the South Africa-Germany Business Seminar in Munich, Monyela said.

"Over 450 German companies have invested in South Africa in such critical sectors as the automotive and chemical industries, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering."

South Africa was also a popular destination for German tourists.

On Thursday and Friday, Motlanthe would be in Finland, at the invitation of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, accompanied by Science Minister Naledi Pandor and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim.

"The objective of the... visit to Finland is to reinvigorate the political and economic relations between the two countries in order to advance South Africa's national priorities, enhance the African Agenda and exchange views on multilateral issues of common interest."

Monyela said Motlanthe would also undertake courtesy calls to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomoija.

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