Zuma working on relations with Jamaica

2012-08-07 12:11

Johannesburg - South Africa would like to see increased volumes of trade and investment with Jamaica, President Jacob Zuma said on an official visit to the county.

"We are committed to encourage and facilitate South African companies doing business in Jamaica, resulting in the steady growth in trade and investment between our two countries," Zuma said on Monday.

"In the same vein, both countries agreed to encourage people-to-people contacts through cultural, scientific and educational exchange programmes and tourism."

Zuma was speaking after a bilateral meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

He said they had recommitted themselves to deepening relations in various areas of co-operation.

"Government and the peoples of South Africa will be focusing more on co-operation in science and technology, sports, education and agriculture, while pursuing economic co-operation."

No visa requirements

The governments of the two countries had already waived visa requirements for all South African and Jamaican passport holders, Zuma said.

He said this provision facilitated the smooth movement of people involved in music, education and sport.

"During our discussions... we also envisaged co-operation amongst our universities on joint research projects, student and academic exchange programmes," he said.

"The talks are a clear indication of our collective determination to take our relations to higher levels for the mutual benefit of our respective countries."

Zuma said they were still negotiating several other agreements.

This is Zuma's first working visit to the island and he will join in the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence.

  • james.whyte.104 - 2012-08-07 12:20

    Maybe we can cross-pollinate or weed with their ganja. The export possibilties are mind blowing

      musamuskid - 2012-08-07 12:28

      ha ha ha ha .......funny whyte

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-07 15:54

      Honestly, how is more trade and encouragement of "people-to-people" contact with Jamaica going to benefit the millions of poor in our country? Jamaica GDP $20bn. SA GDP $400bn. They are a midget compared to us! Once again "our" president is wasting our money. We could have built lots of new houses with the money spent on this trip..

  • ian.schietekat - 2012-08-07 12:27

    Zuma heard that the dancing in Jamaica is very good.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-07 12:42

      Tough life being president of SA, mediating talks between two guys from madagaskar on an Island paradise in the Seychelles, this latest has got to be worth a couple of weeks in Jamaica ( I here it's nice there this time of the year), I'm sure some of the ANC supporters that live in shacks without the basics would like a little break, a week in a Formula 1 hotel would be paradise for them, and the man can sleep at night, shameful.

  • peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-07 12:33

    Who the fk is gonna want to move to Jamaica to start a new life.. unless your a practicing Rastafarian...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-07 12:35

    Zuma working on relations with Jamaica Jacob : Ja aska or Jamaica? Play? Press da Phosa button?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 13:13

      Maybe Zipper Zoomer seeks another wife.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-07 12:39

    what could we POSSIBLE want from Jamaica? What a waste of time! This guy simply does not want to face the music here back at home! LOL

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-07 12:45

      Rum, mihai. Rum, glorious rum. And parties. Island style.

  • raath - 2012-08-07 13:01

    Can someone please tailor his suit! It looks like borrowed it...

      navarrocarly - 2012-08-07 13:07

      lol dont start, next article, 1.2 billion spent on suite for zoomer.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-07 13:08

    Let him smoke some Ganja While he's there....... Maby it trigger some kind of consciousness...

  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-08-07 13:09

    He must bring us lots and lots of dagga!!!!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 13:18

      The trade possibilities are endless.

  • les.stephenson.35 - 2012-08-07 13:10

    My wife's gone off to the islands... Jamaica? Nah, she wanted to go.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 13:16

    Possibly this is where the Spear of our nation got the dent in his head. A falling coconut perhaps after a good night of Rum and giggle-twig.

  • les.stephenson.35 - 2012-08-07 13:17

    Zuma has relations in Jamaica? Why not, seems to have had them everywhere else!!!!

  • terrence.zulu.9 - 2012-08-07 13:20

    zuma has gone to Jamaica to his 10th wife.hope he get that relationship.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-08-07 13:27

    Dear Mr Pres : It's great not needing a visa to go to Jamaica. Did u ever think though that if you managed to get the same arrangement for UK, EU, India etc, you will facilitate a lot more trade and business. Heck - a business Visa to Nigeria is a good few thousand rand.

  • bones.mine - 2012-08-07 14:33

    Eish! Puff and Pass?

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-07 14:34

    So he can smoke and fly?!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-07 15:17

    First 'Madagascar', now 'Cool Runnings' ! What movie next, Zoombie?

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-08-07 15:46

    really????? deepening relations with Jamaica????????????????????????????????? oh well, if you can't beat 'em....excuse me while I light my spliff!

  • john.masengo - 2012-08-07 16:33

    "... and educational exchange programmes and tourism." OMG - not educational programmes - poor Jamaicans. You'll lose years of your life.

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