Deputy President Jacob Zuma to host Vice President of the Presidium of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Yang Hyong Sop, Wednesday, 16 - Sunday, 20 March 2005

Pretoria - South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma will host the Vice President of the Presidium of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Yang Hyong Sop, who is scheduled to pay an official visit to South Africa from Wednesday - Sunday, 16 - 20 March 2005.

Vice President Yang Hyong Sop will be accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon and Director-General of the Ministry of Trade, Hong Chang IL.

During discussions with Deputy President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 17 March 2005 it is expected that the following issues, among others, will be discussed:

  • The status of bilateral political and economic relations between South Africa and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea;
  • The operationalisation of the organs of the African Union and NEPAD as the socio-economic programme of the Continent;
  • A briefing by Deputy President Zuma on peacekeeping and conflict resolution efforts on the Continent - including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, the Ivory Coast and Sudan;
  • A briefing by Vice President Yang Hyong Sop on the status of the six-party talks; and
  • Issues on global interest including developments in the Middle East, post-election Iraq and the reformation of the United Nations and all its institutions.

It is expected that an Agreement for Regular Diplomatic Consultation between the Government of South Africa and the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will be signed on conclusion of discussions between Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Vice President Yang Hyong Sop.

While in South Africa, Vice President Yang Hyong Sop will also visit the CSIR, the Cullinan Mine, the Apartheid Museum, the Hector Peterson Memorial and the home of former President Nelson Mandela in Soweto.

Bilateral Economic Trade Relations

The bilateral trade between South Africa and North Korea is as follows:

YearImports from N KoreaExports to N KoreaTotal
1999R18, 355,000R18, 174,000R26, 529,000
2000R17, 493, 000 R8, 348, 000 R25, 841, 000
2001R8, 881, 000R9, 020, 000R17, 901, 000
2002R13, 271, 000R72, 748, 000 R86, 019, 000
2003R455, 000 R39, 489, 000 R39, 944, 000
2004R1, 049, 000 R498, 000R1, 547, 000

Exports to North Korea consist mainly of mineral and chemical products as well as prepared foodstuffs, whilst imports consisted mainly of textiles and base metals.

North Korea's exports consist of minerals, metallurgical products, manufactures (including armaments), textiles and fishery products. DPRK imports petroleum products, cooking oil, machinery and equipment, textiles, and grain.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

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15 March 2005

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