Deputy President Motlanthe to receive Nigerian counterpart

18 May 2012

The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, will host His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the occasion of the 8th Session of the Bi-National Commission between South Africa and Nigeria, scheduled to take place in Cape Town from 21 to 23 May 2012.

Deputy President Motlanthe will host his Nigerian counterpart within the context of consolidating the African Agenda through the enhancing and deepening of the social, economic and social relations between the two countries.

The visit is aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between South Africa and of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which date back to the liberation struggle period.

Deputy President Motlanthe and Vice President Sambo will review the work and progress on the bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Nigeria since the 7th session of the South Africa-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC).  

It is expected that a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic and Technical Cooperation and the Implementation Plan on the existing bilateral agreements and matters arising from the BNC will be signed during the visit.

With regard to bilateral trade, Nigeria represents a significant export market for South African goods in West Africa. The trade surplus in favour of Nigeria can be attributed to a high demand for energy resources in South Africa, as 98% of the country’s imports from Nigeria are composed of crude oil. 

Since 1999, there has been an increase in the number of South African multinationals operating in the Nigeria market. Currently, there are over 100 South African companies doing business in Nigeria. 

Deputy President Motlanthe and Vice President Sambo will use the occasion to exchange views in respect of developments at regional level, both with regard to ECOWAS and SADC, as well as discuss broad issues affecting the continent within the context of the AU. They will also discuss enhanced cooperation on multilateral issues such as reform of global institutions of governance such as the UN Security Council and the Bretton Woods Institutions.

His Excellency Vice President Sambo will be accompanied by several Ministers.

His Excellency Deputy President Motlanthe will be supported by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Trade and Industry; Communications; Energy; Finance; Home Affairs; Justice and Constitutional Development; Transport and State Security.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

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