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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
President Mbeki returns to South Africa on Tuesday, 1
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24 January 2005