President Mbeki to participate in the Group of Eight Meeting in St Petersburg

Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki, supported by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will participate in the Group of 8 (G-8) Summit in St Petersburg, Russian Federation scheduled from Sunday - Monday, 16-17 July 2006. President Thabo Mbeki, together with the Presidents of India, Brazil, Mexico, and China have been invited to the G-8 Summit as Strategic Outreach Partners and will participate in a round table discussion on Monday, 17 July 2006.

President Thabo Mbeki's participation in the G-8 Summit comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to promote North-South co-operation in support of the African Agenda through, among others, the G-8. In addition, President Mbeki and the Strategic Outreach Partners will also hold discussions on the margins of the G-8 Summit with a view to strengthening South-South co-operation and consolidating the development agenda of the South.

The Chairperson of the African Union President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Khazakstan in its capacity as Chair of the Commonwealth of Independent States have also been invited to participate in the Outreach segment of the Summit.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and representatives of the various international organizations including the World Bank, UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Health Organization and the International Energy Agency are also expected to participate in the 2006 Outreach Meeting.

The 2006 G-8 Summit, under Russia's chairpersonship, will for the first time integrate the African agenda into all G-8 deliberations. In addition, outcomes of the G-8 Summit will continue to be evaluated for their impact on the African development agenda and other developing countries.

The 2006 G-8 Outreach Segment is expected to look at:

  • International Energy Security;
  • Education; and
  • Infectious diseases.

In addition discussions will also focus on:

  • International trade; and
  • A presentation on Africa.

President Mbeki is expected to return to South Africa on Tuesday, 18 July 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
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12 July 2006

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