Programme for Official Visit by Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong to South Africa and Second Meeting of the South Africa and People's Republic of China Bi-National Commission, 26 - 29 June 2004

Sunday, 27 June 2004

11h45 Vice President Zeng Qinghong to pay courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the NCOP, Joyce Kgoali;

Two Chief Whips of the ANC, Whip of the DA, Mr DJ Sithole: Chair of the Foreign Affairs Portfolio Committee, Dr Davis as Chair of the Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee and South Africa's Ambassador to China, Themba Kubheka in attendance

Venue : Room S12 A in the NCOP
Cape Town

Contact : Sumaya Fortune on 083 565 1877
Qian Jin on 083 293 0897


Monday, 28 June 2004

11h00 Arrival of participating media for photo opportunity on commencement of courtesy call on President Mbeki by Vice President Zeng

Venue : Luthuli House
54 Sauer Street
Johannesburg

Contact : David Hlabane on 082 561 9428
Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587

12h00 Vice President Zeng pay courtesy call on President Mbeki

Photo opportunity on commencement of meeting

14h30 Arrival of participating media for photo opportunity on commencement of courtesy call by Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo on Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe

Venue : First Floor
East Wing
Union Buildings

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587
Hugo Lambrechts on 083 380 7309
Vicky Maharaj on 083 443 5702

15h00 Deputy Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo to pay courtesy call on Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe

Photo opportunity on commencement of meeting

18h30 Arrival of participating media for photo opportunity on commencement of bilateral discussions between Deputy President Zuma and Vice President Zeng

Venue : Presidential Guest House
Bryntirion Estate
Church Street, Pretoria
(Enter through Gate 9 on Church Street)

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587
Hugo Lambrechts on 083 380 7309
Vicky Maharaj on 083 443 5702

19h00 Bilateral discussions between Deputy President Zuma and Vice President Zeng

Photo opportunity on commencement of meeting

19h30 Official dinner hosted by Deputy President Jacob Zuma

Media in attendance:

Welcome and toast by Deputy President Zuma
Response by Vice President Zeng


Tuesday, 29 June 2004

07h45 Arrival of participating media for opening plenary session of South Africa-China Binational Commission

Venue : Presidential Guesthouse
Bryntirion Estate
Church Street
(Enter through Gate 9 on Church Street)

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587
Hugo Lambrechts on 083 380 7309
Vicky Maharaj on 083 443 5702

08h30 Opening session of South Africa - China Binational Commission

Media in attendance for opening session

Opening remarks by Deputy President Zuma.
Opening remarks by Vice President Zeng.

09h45 Arrival of participating media for closing plenary session of South Africa-China Binational Commission

Venue : Presidential Guesthouse
Bryntirion Estate
Church Street
(Enter through Gate 9 on Church Street)

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587
Hugo Lambrechts on 083 380 7309
Vicky Maharaj on 083 443 5702

10h30 Closing session of South Africa - China Binational Commission

Media in attendance

Remarks by Deputy President Zuma.
Remarks by Vice President Zeng.

Signing Ceremony

· Agreement on Education (Minister Pandor and PRC counterpart);
· Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on SPS Implementation Mechanism (Minister Didiza and Chinese counterpart);
· Exchange of Letters on Grant Aid on Human Resources Projects (Minister Manuel and Minister Bo Xilai);
· Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements for Citrus Export;
· Co-operation Agreement between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry SA (CHAMSA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT);
· Letter of Intent between Sasol and Chinese companies.

10h40 Press Conference

*NB: The China-South Africa Economic and Trade Co-operation Seminar runs concurrently with the BNC, starting at 09h30. For media arrangements details please contact: Ms Li Qian on 082 786 4253.

For further information contact:

· Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587
· Hugo Lambrechts on 083 380 7309
· Vicky Maharaj on 083 443 5702

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27 June 2004


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