President and Mrs Mbeki to Pay State Visit to the Republic of Uganda, Monday, 12 December to Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Tshwane - President and Mrs. Thabo Mbeki, supported by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will pay a state visit to Uganda scheduled from Monday - Tuesday, 12-13 December 2005.
Presidential delegation will include Jeff Radebe, senior Government and business executives including those exploring future business opportunities in Uganda.

The state visit to Uganda falls within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate and strengthen political and economic relations between South Africa and all African countries including Uganda.

The visit will accord the two leaders an opportunity to review progress on matters of peace and security in the region. President Mbeki will further use this opportunity to reiterate South Africa's commitment and support for Ugandan leadership in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace, security and developmental processes in the sub-region.

They are also expected to review matters of peace and security in the African continent focusing on the Sudan, Somalia, Côte d'Ivoire, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The state visit will also present en excellent opportunity to formalise and sign numerous bilateral agreements, which intend to foster and strengthen co-operation between the two countries. During the visit President Mbeki will address the Ugandan Parliament and use the occasion to reiterate South African support for the political reform process in Uganda.

Bilateral Economic Relations

South Africa is currently the first of the top three sources of Foreign Direct Investment in Uganda including the UK and Kenya. Its nearly 50 companies operating in Uganda are a substantial source of job creation and contributor to the tax base. South African companies based in Uganda also contribute substantially to the Ugandan tax base and so express a solid and long-term faith in Uganda.

Of the 10 top taxpaying companies in Uganda, five have links with South Africa, including MTN as the largest tax paying company in Uganda. The largest bank in Uganda is Standard Bank Investment Corporation, the largest bottler is South African Bottling (Century Bottling). SAB-Miller holds nearly 50% of the local beer market whilst ESKOM co- manages the national power network. Shoprite, Game Stores and Metro Cash and Carry dominate the retail market and other companies such as PG Bison, CTM Tiles are gaining prominence in the building industry.

Bilateral Economic Relations between both countries

YearSA ExportsSA Imports
2005 (March)R48,493
R895
2004R558, 381

R36,831
2003R478,967

R36,072
2002R612,891

R20,689

The exponential growth in investment by South African companies has resulted in the creation of employment, technology and skills transfer, increase in tax revenue and a concomitant increase in opportunities for a diverse group of companies operating in Uganda, the benefits of which are still confined to the rural areas. The prominence of the South Africa/Uganda Business Association is testimony to the strong role played by the South African business Community in promoting corporate responsibility programmes and facilitating business linkages.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Tshwane
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11 December 2005

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