Ramaphosa off to Japan

2015-08-21 19:59
Cyril Ramaphosa. (GCIS)

Cyril Ramaphosa. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and an entourage of Cabinet ministers and their deputies were set to jet off to Tokyo, Japan, on Friday.

His office said the plan was to increase collaboration and partnerships in the fields of science and technology to boost economic growth and create jobs.

They would also strengthen their alignment on global issues of mutual concern, the enhancement of multilateral institutions and the reform of global politics and economic governance.

They would also promote increased trade and investment in Africa through the strengthening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) partnership.

From Monday, Ramaphosa and his ministers will pay courtesy calls to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and hold discussions with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki.

He will speak to Japanese Captains of Industry, an organisation boosting a membership of about 1 329 representative companies, 109 nation-wide industrial associations and 47 regional economic organisations, his office said.

He will also chair a round-table discussion on investment in energy and meet Tomiyasu Nakamura, vice-president of Jetro, an organisation that promotes trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. 

He will visit a Toyota plant in Tokyo for a presentation of the MIRAI Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle developed by the company, and will see a humanoid robot developed by Honda.

Discussions with Ambassador Yasushi Akashi on peace-building efforts, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka will be held in his role as President Jacob Zuma's Special Envoy to Sri Lanka.

Accompanying Ramaphosa are Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Deputy Ministers Bheki Cele (Agriculture)  Nomaindia Mfeketo (International Relations), Mzwandile Masina (Trade and Industry), Dr Nono Simelela Special Advisor to Ramaphosa, senior government officials including Deputy Director-General in the office of the Deputy President Busani Ngcaweni, Ambassador Anil Sooklal and South Africa's Ambassador to Japan Mohau Pheko.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation's website said trade from South Africa to Japan included base metals and agricultural products and that imports were mainly technology. Japan is one of South Africa's biggest export markets for vehicles.

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