Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to Host Indonesian Vice-President
Jusuf Kalla, 26 - 28 September 2005
TSHWANE - The South African Deputy President
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will on Wednesday 28 September 2005 hold bilateral, political,
diplomatic and economic discussions in Tuynhuys, Cape Town with the Indonesian
Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, who arrives in South Africa today, Monday 26 September
2005 on a three-day official visit.
Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will
on Tuesday, 27 September 2005 accompany Vice-President Jusuf Kalla during the
National Orders Award Ceremony at the Union Buildings, Tshwane. The two leaders
will later attend the South Africa-Indonesia Business Forum at the Pretoria Country
Vice-President Jusuf Kalla's official visit is aimed at consolidating
relations between the two countries following the success of the New Asian-African
Partnership Summit co-hosted by President Thabo Mbeki and the Indonesian President,
His Excellency Sosilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on 22 April this year.
two governments, share the view that to jump-start the second economy, and alleviate
poverty afflicting their peoples, there is a need to vigorously pursue and strengthen
bilateral relations and concretise greater regional co-operation between ASEAN
and SADC to which the Republic of Indonesia and South Africa respectively belong.
President Mlambo-Ngcuka and Vice-President Kalla will on Wednesday 28 September
2005, in an effort to promote the ideals of South-South co-operation and advancing
the cause of developing countries in engagements with the developed North, interrogate
mechanisms that would help effect closer co-operation in areas of bilateral trade,
diplomatic relations, economic matters, cultural exchange programmes and the global
Vice-President Jusuf Kalla will later officiate at
the handing-over ceremony on the completion of renovations to Masjid Nuru Latief,
a shrine in honour of Sheik Jusuf, an Indonesian political leader who died in
exile at Maccassar, outside Cape Town in the seventeenth century.
President will on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki re-iterate South Africa's condolences
to the government and people of Indonesia on the Tsunami disaster that hit the
Sumatra Islands on 26 December 2004. The Deputy President will also congratulate
Vice-President Kale, his government and the Indonesian people on successfully
managing and co-ordination of relief efforts during those difficult times.
South Africa's main exports to Indonesia include prepared foods,
pulp & paper, while importing the following products from Indonesia: vegetable
products, fats & oils, plastics & rubber, timber, pulp & paper, footwear,
stone & plaster. The biggest imports from Indonesia are textiles, which in
1998 amounted to approximately US$ 26 million.
Bilateral Trade Statistics
Indonesian Investments in South
There has been very little Indonesian investment in South Africa
to date. The reason for this is that Indonesia is still very much a developing
country, which has not yet reached the stage of active outward investment. However,
in 1997 an Indonesian company did purchase Ostrich farms to the value of R300
million. The possibility of establishing joint ventures in the South African textile,
forestry and wood-manufacturing sector is being investigated by the Embassy.
African Investments in Indonesia
There is increasing investment by South
African companies in the vast mineral reserves of Indonesia.
is very active, with Iscor, Anglo-American, and Plessey also showing interest.
Murray and Roberts has an office in Jakarta and is hoping to obtain civil construction
contracts in the infrastructure sector. In addition, Thebe Investment has signed
an agreement with Indonesian-owned trading company PT. Prima Comexindo.
of the biggest SA IT companies, M-Web, has a huge investment portfolio to the
tune of USD16 billion in Indonesia.
has a technical assistance programme operated in conjunction with the UNDP. A
number of South Africans, and citizens from other African countries have received
training in Indonesia under these programmes.
ISSUED BY: - ZANELE
MNGADI ON 082 781 9332 Presidency
- RONNIE MAMOEPA ON 0829904853 Department
of Foreign Affairs