Press Release

05 November 2013

President Zuma to undertake a State Visit to the Republic of Namibia

At the invitation of President Hifikepunye Pohamba of the Republic of Namibia, President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-level government delegation on a State Visit to Namibia from 6-7 November 2013.

The highlight of the State Visit will be the inauguration of the Bi-national Commission between the two countries, which will serve as an important mechanism for the strengthening and enhancement of cooperation between South Africa and Namibia.

South Africa is the destination of 66% of Namibia's exports and holds approximately 80% of investments in key sectors of Namibia's economy such as mining, retail, banking and insurance.

Namibia is one of the eight leading tourists markets for South Africa in the SADC region, with more than two-hundred thousand tourists visiting each year. The highest proportion of SADC tourists to South Africa on Business in 2012 came from Namibia (25, 9%).

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Energy, Mr Benedict Martins; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom; Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa; and Minister of Defence, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

For further information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974


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