SA, Congo sign agreements

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pretoria- The three agreements signed between South Africa and Congo highlight both countries' commitment to prosperity, says President Jacob Zuma.

"The discussions we have held today, and the agreements that we have now signed, underline our commitment to a common future of prosperity and progress. We are convinced that there is much to be gained for both our countries from closer cooperation," said Zuma.

The economic cooperation, maritime transport, and arts and culture agreements were signed at the Union Buildings on Thursday. Zuma said these agreements will build on important work already underway in areas like health and defence.

Congolese President, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, and his wife are on a two-day state visit to the country.

The visit is in context of consolidating the African agenda and further maintaining the strong bilateral relationship between the two nations.

"These agreements lay the basis for greater economic interaction not only between our two countries, but also between our two regions," said Zuma.

This visit takes place almost five years since the State Visit by former President Thabo Mbeki to the Republic of Congo in 2005

"To deepen this cooperation, we are pleased to announce that we will formally launch the Joint Commission for Cooperation that we agreed to establish in 2003. South Africa will host the Joint Commission later this year," said Zuma

Zuma said South Africa is keen to participate in the development of the agricultural sector in Congo. He added that South Africa appreciates the role that Congo has played, and continues to play, in promoting the African agenda.

"We are committed to working together with you to advance the cause of a united and prosperous Africa, both within continental structures and in broader international forums," he said.