Minster Dlamini Zuma to Lead South African Delegation to South-South Summit on Behalf of President Thabo Mbeki

Doha - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki, will now lead the South African delegation to the G-77 + China (South-South) Summit, in Doha, Qatar scheduled from Wednesday - Thursday, 15-16 June 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma and her 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 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 Millenium Summit and the UN General Assembly in September this year in which the implementation of the Millenium Development Goals as well as the reform of the UN system will come under close scrutiny.

Accordingly, the South-South Summit is expected to:

· Examine 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;
· Readjust the G-77 and China vision for South-South co-operation, taking into account the new world context, that is characterised by accelerated globalisation and the interdependence of national economies;
· Re-examine existing G-77 and China priorities and extract from existing plans of action components that should be implemented on an accelerated basis over the next three to five years;
· Review 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
· Deliberate on 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.

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.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
14 June 2005


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