President Thabo Mbeki has arrived in Mozambique ahead of the Inauguration of President Elect Arnando Guebuza

Maputo - South African President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has arrived in Maputo, Mozambique ahead of the Inauguration of the President-elect, Armando Guebuza scheduled for today, Wednesday - 2 February 2005.

In his message of congratulations following the election of President Guebuza, President Mbeki said, "Surely, your election by the people of Mozambique through successful democratic elections indicates their confidence in you as their leader and thus to make a meaningful contribution in the enhancement of democracy in Africa."

The strategic bilateral political and economic relations between South Africa and Mozambique find expression through structured bilateral relations in the form of the South Africa/Mozambique Heads of State Economic Bilateral and the Joint Permanent Commission for Co-operation, which was signed by the Presidents of the two countries.

Mozambique has been and continues to be a strong supporter of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and an active member of the African Union (AU) in the implementation of its economic program, NEPAD.

Bilateral Economic relations

YearSA Exports (R'000 000)SA Imports (R'000 000)
19994,0820,321
20005,1040,312
20015,7840,302
20025,9060,909

TOP 5 TRADED PRODUCTS BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICA AND MOZAMBIQUE (2002)

SA Exports to MozambiqueRank% Total SA Imports to MozambiqueRank% Total
Mineral Products129.0Base Metals and Articles148.9
Vehicles, Aircraft Vessels215.9Mineral Products 222.9
Base Metals & Articles312.9Textile and textile Articles35.8
Machinery & Mechanical Appliances410.4Prepared Foodstuffs and Beverages45.0
Prepared Foodstuffs 59.0Machinery & Mechanical Appliances54.7

These South African exports include goods such as, mineral products; vehicles, aircraft, vessels; base metals and articles; machinery and mechanical appliances; prepared foodstuffs and beverages; products of chemical origin; live animals and animal products; vegetable products; wood products; plastics and other plastic products.

Mozambican exports to South Africa include goods such as base metals and articles; mineral products; textiles and textile articles; prepared foodstuffs, beverages; machinery and mechanical appliances; live animals and animal products; vegetable products; articles of stone, as well as wood and articles of wood.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
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2 February 2005


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