Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka to host Bolivian Counterpart

Pretoria - South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will on Wednesday 11 April 2007 host her Bolivian counterpart Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera for bilateral political and economic discussions at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Vice President Garcia will pay a working visit to South Africa from Tuesday - Thursday 10-12 April 2007 during which he will visit Gauteng and Cape Town.

Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will host Prime Minister Garcia within the context of South Africa's commitment to further strengthen bilateral political, economic and trade relations with Bolivia as part of advancing South-South relations.

Issues on the agenda of discussions between Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka and Prime Minister Garcia are expected to include, among others:

  • The status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries including the potential and opportunities for trade and investment co-operation between both countries;
  • A briefing on developments in South America and Southern Africa;
  • Co-operation between South Africa and Bolivia in the field of constitutional reform; and
  • Other issues of mutual concern including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and the comprehensive reform of the United Nations.

Vice President Garcia will visit Cape Town on Tuesday 10 April 2007 where he will hold discussions with the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete.

Vice President Garcia will depart from South Africa on Thursday 12 April 2007.

Bilateral Economic Relations

 SA ImportsSA Exports
2006R12 402 000R8 197 000
2005R1 067 000 R2 032 000
2004R 295 000R3 786 000

Media Programme for Working Visit to South Africa by Bolivian Vice President Prof Alvato Garcia Lineta, Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 April 2007

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9 April 2007

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