The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will
Pay Official Visits to Senegal, Ethiopia and the Comoros 30 April - 8 May 2005
The South African Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will tomorrow, Saturday
30 April 2005 begin a three-nation official visit to Senegal, Ethiopia and the
Comoros (30 April-8 May 2005).
Senegal: Minister Dlamini Zuma will on behalf
of President Thabo Mbeki receive the first Bi-annual African Gender Award for
2005, whose other recipient will be the Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in
recognition of the leading roles the two leaders played in the 2003 adoption by
the African Union of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's
Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The African Gender Award for 2005,
the brain-child of Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS)
a women's non-governmental
organisation, whose aim is to promote the leadership of women in conflict prevention,
management and resolution on the African continent; will be bestowed jointly on
President Thabo Mbeki and President Abdoulaye Wade at a ceremony to be held in
the Senegalese capital Dakar on Tuesday, 2 May 2005.
Prior to the Award
ceremony, Minister Dlamini Zuma will on Monday 1 May, participate in the"
Dialogue Between African and Arab Women Conference", that will also be taking
place in Dakar, Senegal.
Ethiopia :Minister Dlamini Zuma will attend the
African Union Ministerial Committee meeting mandated to evaluate progress made
in popularising the Ezulwini Consensus, which outlines the African Common Position
on the proposed Reform of the United Nations (4-6 May 2005)
Minister will on the last leg of the visit travel to the Comoros (6-8 May 2005)
where she will be leading a delegation of Foreign Ministers of Madagascar, Mozambique
and Mauritius, in her capacity as chairperson of the AU Ministerial Committee
on the Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development of the Comoros. In this regard
the Committee will have discussions on the national reconciliation process with
the political leaders of the Comoros, representatives of diplomatic missions and
international organisations that are based in the Comoros.
will also assess the economic and the socio-political situation in the Comoros
and examine in consultation with the Comorian authorities the conditions for the
holding of a Donor's Round Table for the Comoros in Mauritius, later this year.
Dlamini Zuma will return to South Africa on 8 May ahead of her official visit
to the Gulf Region from 9-18 May 2005.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa-082 990
Department of Foreign Affairs
of Foreign Affairs
29 April 2005