Deputy President Jacob Zuma to lead South African Delegation to 13th NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee Meeting, Sharm-El-Shaik, Egypt, Tuesday, 19 April 2005

Pretoria - South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma will depart for Sharm-El-Shaik, Egypt on Monday, 18 April 2005 where he will lead a senior South African delegation to the 13th Meeting of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 19 April 2005.

The Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee Meeting will be hosted by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and chaired by Nigerian President Olusegan Obasanjo.

The Meeting will receive a NEPAD Progress Report by Professor Wiseman Nkhuhlu that will review progress since the last Heads of State and Government Committee Meeting hosted by Algeria on 23 November 2004. The report will have a particular emphasis on:

  • The NEPAD/African Union (AU) integration process;
  • Co-operation with international partners including the G-8, the Commission for Africa, and the Africa Partnership Forum;
  • National and sub-regional integration of NEPAD priorities for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and
  • The enhancement of capacity of Regional Economic Communities

The Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Panel of Eminent Persons, Mde A Savane of Senegal, will also present a report of the APRM. In this regard, twenty-four countries have now acceded to the APRM. The review of the first four countries to be assessed in the first phase - Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Mauritius will be finalised soon. South Africa will be reviewed during the first half of 2005.

In addition, the meeting will look at the interaction between the African Union and the Commission for Africa, preparations for the forthcoming G-8 Summit to be hosted by Britain, and synergies between NEPAD and the Millennium Development Goals.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
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17 April 2005

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