President Mbeki to lead South African Delegation to Indonesia
Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki will lead a
senior South African delegation to Indonesia on a state visit and to attend the
historic Africa - Asia Summit, co-hosted by South Africa and Indonesia, and the
Commemoration of the 1955 Bandung Conference from Tuesday - Sunday, 19-24 April
President and Mrs Mbeki's delegation will include Foreign Minister
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mphalwa, Minister
of Land and Agriculture Thoko Didiza and Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi
The state visit is from Tuesday - Wednesday, 19-20 April 2005 during
which he will be hosted by Indonesian President General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
conclusion of the state visit, President Mbeki will lead the South African delegation
to the Africa - Asia Summit in Jakarta from Friday - Saturday, 22-23 April 2005.
On Sunday, 24 April, President Mbeki will attend the Commemoration Ceremony of
the 1955 Bandung Summit in Bandung which laid a firm foundation for the Asia-Africa
solidarity against colonialism and apartheid.
The Conference will bring
together leaders of Africa and Asia as well as the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
in the context of building and consolidating strategic south-south relations between
the two continents.
Both South Africa and Indonesia have played a crucial
role in advancing the cause of the South and in the promotion of North-South dialogue.
It is significant to note that whilst Indonesia hosted the Bandung Asia Africa
Conference of 1955, South Africa was also represented by the ANC in the event.
The conference called for world peace and greater respect for individual sovereignty,
and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. The principles adopted
in the form of a resolution became known as the "Dasa Sila".
opportunity of co-hosting the Asia-Africa Summit has drawn the countries closer
and provided a base for a common vision on regional and global issues. Both countries
have identified trade, investment and tourism, education, science and technology
as well as people to people cooperation as their priorities.
between South Africa and Indonesia can be traced back to the historical Bandung
Conference of 1955, where Indonesia provided a platform for, and obtained Asian
support for the struggle against apartheid.
A joint commission has been
established between the two countries to ensure a more co-ordinated approach in
pursuit of common bilateral agreements that have been signed between the two countries
and they include:
Trade between South Africa and Indonesia has expanded
fast (by over 300% since 1993) with the trade balance in favour of South Africa.
There exist numerous opportunities for South African companies in the fast-expanding
mining, infrastructure and energy sectors (oil and gas). There are also excellent
opportunities for co-operation in the forestry sector, as Indonesia is a major
producer of hard-wood products and pulp, while South Africa is a world player
in soft-wood production and the supply of pulp.
Indonesia is a prominent
"South" country, and combined with its strong interest in the Indian
Ocean Rim (IOR- ARC) and the plight of developing countries is a strong ally in
promoting the needs and aspirations of the developing world.
The possibility of establishing joint ventures in
the South African textile, forestry and wood-manufacturing sector is being investigated
by the Embassy.
South Africa's main exports to Indonesia include prepared
foods (i.e. dried fruit, fruit cereal, fruit juices etc.), pulp & paper, while
importing the following products from Indonesia: vegetable products, fats &
oils, plastics & rubber, timber, pulp & paper, footwear, stone & plaster.
The biggest imports from Indonesia are textiles, which in 1998 amounted to approximately
US$ 26 million.
Bilateral Trade Statistics (ZA Rand'000) (Source: DTI)
Exports (ZA Rand'000)
is increasing investment by South African companies in the vast mineral reserves
Gencor (Ingwe) is very active, with Iscor, Anglo-American,
and Plessey also showing interest. Murray and Roberts has an office in Jakarta
and are hoping to obtain civil construction contracts in the infrastructure sector.
In addition, Thebe Investment has signed an agreement with Indonesian-owned trading
company PT. Prima Comexindo.
One of the biggest SA IT companies, M-Web,
has a huge investment portfolio to the tune of US$16 billion in Indonesia.
AASROC Ministerial Meeting Wednesday, 20 - Thursday, 21
April 2005 AASROC Summit Friday, 22 - Saturday, 23 April 2005 Golden Jubilee
Commemoration Sunday, 24 April 2005
Business Summit Thursday, 21 - Friday, 22 April 2005
Trade Fair Monday,
18 - Friday, 22 April 2005
World Renewable Energy Conference Sunday, 17
- Thursday, 21 April 2005
Asian-African Workshop on the Role of Women and
Youth in furthering Asia Africa Co-operation Tuesday, 19 April 2005
THABO MBEKI TO PAY A WORKING VISIT TO SINGAPORE
President Mbeki will
interrupt his visit to Indonesia by paying a working visit to Singapore on Thursday,
21 April 2005 for bilateral political and economic discussions with his counterpart,
President SR Nathan.
President Mbeki will also hold discussions with Prime
Minister Lee Hsien Loong on conclusion of which a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) will be signed between both countries.
President Mbeki is also expected
to receive a courtesy call from Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, meet with Singaporean
Captains of Industry and deliver a public address organised by the Singaporean
Foreign Ministry and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
Bilateral Trade Statistics (ZA Rand'000) (Source DTI)
Exports (ZA Rand'000)
Mbeki is expected to return to South Africa on Monday, 25 April 2005.
DLAMINI ZUMA TO PAY AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO JAPAN
At the conclusion of
the state visit and the historic Asia-Africa Summit and the commemoration of the
Bandung Conference, Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will pay a working
visit to Japan where she will hold bilateral political and economic discussions
with her Japanese counterpart.
Minister Dlamini Zuma will during the visit
also have an opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the South African Exhibition
stand at the World Expo in Aichi timed to coincide with South African Freedom
Day on 27 April 2005 in which she will take the opportunity to thank the people
of Japan for their support in the struggle against apartheid.
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