Minister Dlamini Zuma arrives in Qatar ahead of President Mbeki for the G-77 + China Summit, Doha Qatar

Doha - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived today, Sunday 12 June 2005, in Doha ahead of President Thabo Mbeki who is scheduled to depart South Africa on Tuesday for the G-77 + China.
President Mbeki and his delegation will participate in the Summit within the context of South Africa's stated commitment to strengthen South-South relations with a view to:

· Increasing market access, trade and investment among countries of the South;
· Obtaining support for the agenda of the South globally; and
· Promoting North-South relations for increased market access, trade and investment.

The G77 effectively provides the means for the developing world to articulate and promote its collective economic interests and enhance its joint negotiating capacity on mainly economic and development issues within the United Nations system, and to promote and strengthen economic and technical co-operation among developing countries themselves.

In this regard Minister Dlamini Zuma will be attending first the Ministerial meeting of the G-77 + China is expected to discuss and make recommendations to the Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Tuesday - Thursday, 14-16 June 2005 on the following:

· Global strategies and policies to enhance co-operation among developing countries and combat problems and face the challenges of the 21st Century, with particular reference to globalisation;
· The readjustment the G-77 and China vision for South-South co-operation, taking into account the new world context, that is characterized by accelerated globalisation and the interdependence of national economies;
· Existing G-77 and China priorities from which existing plans of action components that should be implemented on an accelerated basis over the next three to five years will be extracted;
· Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the High Level Summit on the Millennium Declaration to be held in New York from 14-16 September 2005; and
· The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report on the reform on the United Nations and how these would impact on the challenges faced by the developing world.

President Thabo Mbeki is expected to address the Summit in Wednesday, 15 June 2005.
The South Summit is the largest gathering of leaders of the South since the recently held Africa-Asia Summit of Heads of state and government held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 21-22 April 2005. The Summit will be the last before the UN Millennium Summit and the UN General Assembly in September this year in which the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals as well as the reform of the UN system will come under close scrutiny.

President Mbeki will return to South Africa on Thursday ahead of the June 16 Youth Day Commemoration rally.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
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12 June 2005

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