South African President Thabo Mbeki to Participate in German
President Horst Köhler's Africa Initiative, Bonn, Germany, Saturday, 5 -
Sunday, 6 November 2005
Tshwane - South African President Thabo Mbeki will
depart from South Africa on Friday, 4 November 2005 for Germany where he will
participate in German President Horst Köhler's "Partnership with Africa"
Initiative in Bonn, scheduled from Saturday - Sunday 5 - 6 November 2005.
Mbeki's participation in the Forum comes within the context of South Africa's
objective to consolidate partnerships with countries of the North in order to
assist in creating the conditions for the developmental agenda of Africa in particular
and the South in general to be achieved.
Other participants in the "Partnership
with Africa" Initiative will include Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo;
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi; former President and now special envoy
for the African Union, Joachim Chissano; chair of the Commission of the African
Union, Prof Alpha Omar Konare; Gertrude Mongella, President of the Pan-African
Parliament;and Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Author and 1986 Nobel Literature Prize Laureate.
Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will participate
in a panel discussion on Sunday, 6 November 2005 entitled, "Partnership with
Africa - Concept and Reality."
Other themes to be explored during the
forum include, "The Partnership Principle - A Critical Assessment,"
and "Partnership in Practice - the Peers, the Processes, the Policies."
Mbeki will return to South Africa on Monday, 7 November 2005.
Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
3 November 2005