President Thabo Mbeki arrives in Indonesia, 19 April 2005
- South African President Thabo Mbeki has today, Tuesday - 19 April 2005 -arrived
in Indonesia ahead of his scheduled State Visit to Indonesia from Tuesday - Wednesday,
19-20 April 2005.
The South African delegation includes Mrs Zanele Mbeki,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, 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 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
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
possibility of establishing joint ventures in the South African textile, forestry
and wood-manufacturing sector is being investigated by the Embassy.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kofi Annan is expected to brief Conference on the reform of the United Nations.
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.
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
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
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.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
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