Int'l Aids conference preparations at advanced stage

Thursday, June 9, 2016
By: 
More Matshediso

Pretoria - Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says preparations for the hosting of the 21st International Aids Conference are at an advanced stage.

Speaking to media on Thursday at a post Cabinet briefing, in Pretoria, the Minister said the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) is preparing to host the conference, which will take place from 18 to 22 July, in Durban. It will be co-hosted by government and the International Aids Society.

“South Africa is ready to host the conference, which will also boost the tourism industry, small, medium and micro enterprises, and the informal trading sector,” said the Minister.

The conference provides a momentous opportunity for the country to showcase its massive successes in addressing HIV and Aids issues.

It has global significance as it attracts between 18 000 to 20 000 participants from 180 countries. Global leaders from government, political leaders, captains of industry, civil society, development partners and academic institutions participate.

He said the next meeting of the IMC will be held in Durban and includes an inspection of the facilities. A special media briefing will be held on Monday. - SAnews.gov.za

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