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Zuma State Visit to Nigeria confirmed

02 March 2016, 20:39Tintswalo Baloyi

Johannesburg - South African President, Jacob Zuma, will next week pay a State Visit to Nigeria following an invitation by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The two-day visit begins on Tuesday.

Bongani Majola, spokesperson for The Presidency, said during the visit, Zuma was expected to address the Joint Session of the National Assembly of Nigeria, and will together with Buhari address the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane, as well as a South African business delegation will accompany Zuma.

Also read: Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting address

South Africa and Nigeria have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.

The two countries conduct their bilateral relations through a structured Bi-National Commission (BNC) established in 1999 and have thus signed 34 Bilateral Agreements including Memoranda of Understanding, which are coordinated through the BNC covering a broad range of areas, including trade and investment, science and technology, immigration and consular matters, defence, agriculture, the environment, energy, as well as arts and culture.

To date, there are over 120 South African companies doing business in Nigeria in various sectors, including telecommunications, aviation, tourism, banking, property, retail, entertainment and the fast food. 

- CAJ News

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