President Thabo Mbeki to pay State Visit to Singapore, Thursday, 21 April 2005

Jakarta - President Thabo Mbeki will tomorrow, Thursday, 21 April 2005 pay a State Visit to Singapore where he will hold bilateral political and economic discussions with his counterpart, President SR Nathan.

The South African delegation will also include Mrs Zanele Mbeki, Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad.

President Mbeki is currently in Indonesia where he will today, Wednesday, 20 April 2005 conclude a State Visit.

While in Singapore, President Mbeki will also hold discussions with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on conclusion of which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between both countries.

President Mbeki is also expected to receive a courtesy call from Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, meet with Singaporean Captains of Industry and deliver a public address organised by the Singaporean Foreign Ministry and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Economic Bilateral Relations

Bilateral Trade Statistics (ZA Rand'000) (Source DTI)

YearSA ExportsSA ImportsTotal Trade
1994 1,260,470 996,974 2,257,444
19951,092,4201,178,756 2,271,176
1996 1,619,106480,4141,223,354
19971,108,6661,187,730 2,296,396
1998830,311 1,610,2252,440,536
19991,039,374 1,372,3092,411,683
2000 1,581,939 1,459,267 3,041,206
20021,796,017 2,155,132 3,951,149

On conclusion of his State Visit to Singapore, President Thabo Mbeki will return to Indonesia ahead of the Asia-Africa Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Friday - Saturday, 22-23 April 2005.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

20 April 2005

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