|President Zuma meets Paulista Football Federation President on the sidelines of the State Visit to Brazil
Sao Paulo – President Jacob Zuma has today, 8 October 2009 met with
the Paulista Football Federation, Dr. Marco Polo Del Nero as well as
the Vice President of the Brazil Football Federation, Mr. Jose Maria
Marin ahead of the State Visit to be hosted by President Lula da Silva
in his honour.
Whilst in Brazil, President Zuma is supported by the International
Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, Sports and
Recreation Minister Rev. Makhenkesi Stofile, Trade and Industry
Minister, Rob Davies, South African Representative to the Federative
Republic of Brazil, Ambassador Bangumzi Sifingo, International
Relations Adviser, Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, Political Adviser, Charles
Nqakula as well as senior government officials.
Earlier this morning, President Zuma met the Paulista Football
Federation President and his delegation and exchanged ideas on the
preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup that South Africa will be
President Zuma emphasized “the importance of football in building
bridges as well as bringing humanity together”. He also emphasized the
“importance of sharing expertise on the hosting of such important
Games" as Brazil will also be hosting the next FIFA World Cup in 2014
and the Olympics in 2016.
Brazil committed itself to assist South Africa in ensuring that this
becomes a successful world spectacle on behalf of Africa and on behalf
of the South.
President Zuma supported by his delegation will also meet with the
Governor of Sao Paulo, Jose Serra and is also expected to address a
Business Roundtable where almost a 100 South African and Brazilian
Business Executives and Members of the World Trade Centre Business
Club will be participating.
On conclusion of the Business Roundtable, President Zuma will then
travel to Brasilia where he will hold bilateral talks with his
counterpart, President Lula da Silva. The two Heads of State will
amongst others discuss:
- Strengthening of bilateral political, trade and economic ties
between South Africa and Brazil
- Exploration of possible trilateral cooperation between SA and Brazil
in Africa and Latin America.
- Both South Africa and Brazil are committed to and involved in
triangular cooperation in third countries in their respective regions;
- Exchange ideas on combating social challenges such as poverty,
unemployment and human settlement challenges;
- Enhancement of people-to-people cooperation and increased trade and
- Recent G20 and the Africa-South America Summit (ASA) outcomes.
It is envisaged that two agreements will be signed following the
bilateral discussions between the Presidents:
- A Memorandum of Understanding between the respective Departments of
Trade and Industry on the Promotion of Trade and Investment:
- An Agreement on Sports Cooperation for the years 2009-2011 between
the respective Ministries of Sport.
President Zuma and his delegation will also be hosted for a State
Luncheon by President Lula da Silva. Part of the activities in
Brasilia will also see President Zuma meeting with the Chamber of
Deputies, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and then return to
South Africa on the 10 October 2009.
For enquiries and soundbites, contact, Spokesperson of the President,
Vincent Magwenya +2772 715 0024 as well as International Relations
Spokesperson, Nomfanelo Kota on + 27 82 459 3787
Issued by The Presidency and International Relations and Cooperation Department
South African Consulate General Office
8 October 2009