Deputy President Jacob Zuma to Host Angolan Prime Minister Fernando De Piedade Dias Dos Santos, Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday, 15 - Friday, 18 February 2005

Cape Town - South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma will host Angolan Prime Minister Fernando de Piedade Dias Dos Santos in Cape Town from Tuesday - Friday, 15-18 February 2005 for a high-level official visit to South Africa. This follows the visit to Angola by Deputy President Jacob Zuma in August 2004.

Prime Minister Dos Santos will be accompanied by a high-level government delegation consisting of Ministers of Defence, Transport, Energy and Water, Social Assistance and Social Reintegration and Deputy Ministers of External Relations, Geology and Mines and Petroleum.

Ministers' Mandisi Mpahlwa, Pumzile Mlambo Nqcuka, Mosiuoa Lekota, Zola Skweyiya and Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad will accompany Deputy President Zuma to the meeting.

Issues on the agenda of discussions between Deputy President Zuma and Prime Minister Dos Santos, scheduled for Thursday 17 February will include, among others:

· The expansion and consolidation of strategic bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
· Reconstruction programmes in Angola;
· Trade and Investment issues;
· Regional and continental peacekeeping efforts;
· Regional elections; and
· And Conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa.

It is envisaged that agreements in the following areas will be signed during the visit:
· Investment Protection and Promotion;
· Petroleum;
· Electricity;
· Defence Co-operation; and
· Social Re-Integration.

While in South Africa, Prime Minister Dos Santos will pay a courtesy call on President Thabo Mbeki, hold discussions with the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and of the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu. Prime Minister Dos Santos will also have an opportunity to interact with South African captains of Industry.

Bilateral Economic Relations between Angola and South Africa
Angola has a considerable natural resource base in the form extensive reserves of oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals. It has the potential for significant exports of coffee and other agricultural products. It also possesses fertile highlands with a favourable climate and plenty of water.

Various companies in South Africa, including Eskom, Gauteng Economic Development Agency, Protea Hotels, and ABSA have visited Angola recently to explore the possibilities of investing in Angola.

In addition, non-governmental organisations and churches are involved in Angola to contribute towards rebuilding Angola after decades of protracted civil war. These organisations as well as the government are providing humanitarian assistance.

Trade Statistics between South Africa and Angola

Exports (Rand'000)

2004200320022001
218,8293,393,7763,430,3982,621,496

Imports (Rand'000)

2004200320022001
53428,802128,53912,469

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

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14 February 2005

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