President Thabo Mbeki to Lead South African Delegation to Annual World Economic Forum Meeting and 4th Ordinary Session of the African Union, Wednesday, 26 - Monday, 31 January 2005

Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki acommpanied by Ministers of Trade and Industry and Finance, Mandisi Mpahlwa and Trevor Manuel respectively will depart for Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, 25 January 2005 ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum entitled, "Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices."

President Thabo Mbeki will participate in sessions entitled: "The G-8 and Africa: Rhetoric or Action?"; "Africa 2020: A Continent Reborn," and attend a working dinner of the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) entitled "Globalisation: Who Wins Who Loses?"

While in Davos, President Mbeki is also expected to hold bilateral discussions with Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany, Brazil's President Lula da Silva and the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.

President Mbeki will depart from Davos on Saturday, 29 January 2005 ahead of the 4th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union scheduled for Sunday - Monday, 30-31 January 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Abuja, Nigeria
President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will lead the South African delegation to the 4th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union from Sunday - Monday, 30-31 January 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Summit will consider the reports of the Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council and the Heads of State Implementation Committee on NEPAD, and receive a briefing on the Asian-African Summit to be hosted by Indonesia in Bandung later this year.

In addition, issues on the agenda of the Summit will deliberate on the continental situation with regard to food security and HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis and polio eradication.

President Mbeki returns to South Africa on Tuesday, 1 February 2005.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
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24 January 2005

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