President Zuma to visit Mozambique on a state visit
President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 13 December 2011, depart for Maputo, Mozambique for a State Visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency President Armando Guebuza.
The visit is aimed at deepening already existing bilateral political, economic and social relations between the two countries. South Africa and Mozambique have warm and cordial relations.
President Zuma will have consultations with the President of the Republic of Mozambique on concretising bilateral cooperation in key priority areas such as trade and investment, energy, mining, agriculture, communications, water, environmental affairs, arts and culture as well as science and technology.
The two Presidents will exchange views regarding mutual cooperation at regional level, especially within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and discuss broad issues affecting the Continent within the context of the African Union (AU).
Mozambique is one of South Africa’s top five trading partners on the Continent. Total exports from South Africa to Mozambique in 2010 were valued at R15, 7 billion while South Africa imported goods to the value of R3, 7 billion during the same period.
During his visit, President Zuma will lay a wreath in the Heroes Acre, as well as at the Matola Raid Memorial and Interpretative Centre, after which he will address the Joint Sitting of the Parliament of Mozambique and the Mozambique–South Africa Business Forum. Several bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding will be signed during the visit.
President Zuma will be supported by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Arts and Culture; Defence and Military Veterans, Science and Technology; Energy; Communications; Mineral Resources; as well as Trade and Industry.