President Festus Mogae to Pay State Visit to South Africa

At the invitation of President Thabo Mbeki, Botswana's President Festus Mogae will pay a state visit to South Africa from 24 to 27 October 2005 beginning in Cape Town.

The State Visit is aimed at consolidating and strenghtening political, economic, social and trade links between the two countries. The visit comes in the context of South Africa's commitment to strengthening regional integration and cooperation within SADC.

During the State Visit both President Mbeki and President Mogae will have an opportunity on Tuesday, 25 October 2005 to hold bilateral, economic and political discussions focusing mainly on: -

1. Overview of political and economic relations between SA and Botswana
2. Developments within SADC
3. Developments within the AU and the implementation of Nepad
4. Conflict resolution as well as peace keeping operations

In addition the two Foreign Ministers, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Lt.Gen. Merafhe Mompati are expected to brief the two Presidents on progress made in the implementation of joint projects arising from the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation between the two countries.

The two Ministers met in Pretoria on 13 October 2005 as part of
preparations for the State Visit and to review progress made by the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation.

The bilateral discussions between President Mbeki and President Mogae are expected to culminate in the signing of the following: -

1. Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture and Livestock
2. Search and Rescue Agreement
3. Memorandum of Understanding on Health Matters
4. Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation between Local Government Authorities
5. Cultural Agreement
6. Sports and Recreation Agreement

On Wednesday, 26 October 2005 President Mogae is expected to address the joint sitting of Parliament before departing for East London for meetings with the Eastern Cape Premier and members of the Executive Council, as well as traditional and business leaders.

President Mogae returns to Botswana on Thursday, 27 October 2005.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x152

23 October 2005

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