President Thabo Mbeki to Lead SA Delegation to the Commonwealth
Meeting, Valetta, Malta
Tshwane - South African President Thabo Mbeki will
depart South Africa on Thursday, 24 November 2005 for Valetta, Malta where he
will lead the South African Government delegation including Deputy Minister Aziz
Pahad to the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Summit (CHOGM) scheduled
for Friday - Sunday, 25-27 November 2005.
CHOGM 2005 is being held under
the banner of "Networking the Commonwealth for Development." Deputy
Minister Pahad is currently leading the SA delegation to the two-day Commonwealth
Ministerial segment scheduled for today-Wednesday-Thursday 23-24 November 2005.
South African delegation will participate in CHOGM 2005 with the primary objective
of promoting the need for the achievement of the Millennium Developments Goals
(MDGs) and the African Agenda with a view to pushing back the frontiers of poverty
In this regard, the CHOGM provides an excellent opportunity
for member-states to interact on these international issues of mutual concern
in that it brings together micro-states to members of the G8, the poorest, the
richest and the most populous, straddling the North-South divide.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
23 November 2005