Minister Dlamini Zuma arrives in Indonesia, 18 April 2005

Pretoria - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today, Monday, 18 April 2005 arrived in Jakarta, ahead of and to consolidate preparations for President Thabo Mbeki's scheduled State Visit to Indonesia from Tuesday - Wednesday, 19 - Thursday, 20 April 2005.

President and Mrs Thabo Mbeki will arrive in Indonesia on Tuesday, 19 April 2005 upon which he will be hosted by Indonesian President General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day State Visit.

The South African delegation will also include Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mphalwa, Minister of Land and Agriculture Thoko Didiza and Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena.

During the State Visit, President Mbeki is scheduled to have bilateral political and economic discussions with Indonesian President General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during which discussions are expected to focus on the expansion and consolidation of bilateral relations between both countries, the Africa-Asia Summit to be hosted 22-23 April 2005 and the impact of this on the consolidation of relations between both continents - Africa and Asia and other issues of mutual significance including the reform of the United Nations and all its institutions.

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 laid a firm foundation for solidarity between Africans and Asians in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid and led to the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

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:

  • Politics
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Culture

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.

Bilateral Economic Relations

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)

YearSA Exports (ZA Rand'000)SA Imports (ZA Rand'000)Total Trade
1994268,422266,694 535,116
1998500,396 904,8671,405,263
1999781,6921,164,346 1,946,038
20021,055,843 1,929,926 2,985,769
20031,228,433 1,911,6223,140,055

There is increasing investment by South African companies in the vast mineral reserves of Indonesia.

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.

Africa-Asia Summit (AASROC)

President Mbeki's State Visit to Indonesia will be followed the Africa - Asia Summit, co-hosted by South Africa and Indonesia, and the Commemoration of the historic 1955 Bandung Conference.

The Africa - Asia Summit in Jakarta is scheduled 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.

The Conference will bring together leaders of Africa and Asia as well as the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the context of building and consolidating strategic south-south relations between the two continents.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to brief Conference on the reform of the United Nations.

The 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.

Programme for AASROC and related events

AASROC Ministerial Meeting Wednesday, 20 - Thursday, 21 April 2005
AASROC Summit Friday, 22 - Saturday, 23 April 2005
Golden Jubilee Commemoration Sunday, 24 April 2005

Side Events

Asian-African 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

President 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.

Economic Bilateral Relations

Bilateral Trade Statistics (ZA Rand'000) (Source DTI)

YearSA Exports (ZA Rand'000)SA Imports (ZA Rand'000)Total Trade
19941,260,470 996,974 2,257,444
1995 1,092,420 1,178,7562,271,176
19961,619,106 1,278,367 2,897,473
19971,108,666 1,187,730 2,296,396
2000 1,581,9391,459,2673,041,206
20012,061,8801,488,177 3,550,057
20021,839,156 2,233,000 4,072,156
20031,796,017 2,155,132 3,951,149

President Mbeki is expected to return to South Africa on Monday, 25 April 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma to Pay 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.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
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18 April 2005

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