SA rolls out red carpet for Angola’s Lourenço

Friday, November 24, 2017

President Jacob Zuma has rolled out the red carpet for his Angolan counterpart, President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, who is in the country for a State visit.

President Zuma hosts him at the seat of government, the Union Buildings, which, as is tradition, are adorned with the flags of the two countries and bedecked with flowers in President Lourenço’s honour.

Lourenço will be officially welcomed with a 21-gun salute and ceremonial guard of honour.

After the formal ceremonies, the two Heads of State will be ushered away to the presidential boardroom for a closed door tête-à-tête.

The private session will allow the two Presidents an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.

This will be President Lourenço’s first State visit to South Africa after taking office following his success in the August elections.

Bilateral relations between the South Africa and Angola are characterised by strong cooperation in various areas including trade and investment, energy, defence and security, immigration, infrastructure development, arts and culture, mining and tourism.

A number of South African companies are involved in Angola in a variety of sectors including construction, mining, housing, retail, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services (rescue).

Currently, Angola is one of South Africa’s major trading partners on the continent.

In 2016, South African exports to Angola stood at R8.2 billion and imports from Angola amounted to R18 billion, largely consisting of crude oil.

The two Presidents are expected to brief the media on their deliberation later in the afternoon. -

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