Press Release

12 April 2013

President Zuma to undertake a two-nation Working Visit to Algeria and Nigeria

The President of the Republic of South Africa, HE Jacob G. Zuma, will undertake a working visit to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 14-16 April 2013.

The objective of the Algerian visit is mainly for bilateral consultations with H.E. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The visit takes place within the context of the historic and excellent bilateral relations that exist between South Africa and Algeria.

The two countries enjoy close bilateral cooperation through the framework of the South Africa-Algeria Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC) whose work is centred on the following key areas of interaction:

Quality of Life and Human Resources; People to People Relations; Energy and Infrastructure; Natural Resources; Defence, Safety and Security, and Trade.

It is envisaged that bilateral issues, such as the convening of the Sixth Session of the BNC in South Africa and the preceding BNC Ministerial Mid-Term Review to evaluate the status of bilateral relations will be high on the agenda. Moreover, South Africa and Algeria continue to work hand in hand in building a stronger African Union and its structures. To this end, regional developments such as the Mali and Central African Republic crises and the general security situation in the Sahel and Maghreb regions will also feature prominently in the consultations with President Bouteflika.

President Zuma will then proceed to the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he will pay a working Visit to His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 16 April 2013 in Abuja.

President Zuma will meet with President Jonathan within the context of placing focus on the bilateral, regional, continental and international relations between the two countries.

A number of Agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding are expected to be signed during the working visit.

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


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