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.
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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