Zuma to UAE to strengthen economic relations

2016-03-25 11:42
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation on a state visit to the United Arab Emirates to strengthen trade, investment and economic ties, the Presidency said on Friday.

A substantive business delegation would accompany Zuma on the trip on Sunday. Ministers of international relations and co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, state security David Mahlobo, trade and industry Rob Davies, home affairs Malusi Gigaba, and police Nathi Nhleko would join Zuma.

The trip was intended to strengthen bilateral political and economic relations, trade and investment co-operation, and cultural ties.

“For many years prior to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1994, Saudi Arabia took a leading position in the Arab world in opposing the injustices of the apartheid system,” the Presidency said.

Zuma's visit to the country would be the third by a South African president, following the first by late former President Nelson Mandela in 1997 and another by former President Thabo Mbeki in 2007.

Total trade between the two countries increased from R13 billion in 2011 to R27bn in 2015.

Later this year, South Africa would host the second SA-UAE Joint Commission to measure progress in bilateral relations and manage implementation of bilateral programmes.

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