SA, US discuss trade and investment issues

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pretoria - South Africa's Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, met with a United States (US) congressional delegation on Thursday to discuss trade and investment issues.

The congressional delegation is on a three-day visit to South Africa which follows the recent visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to departmental spokesperson, Nomfanelo Kota, the delegation is specifically interested in trade and investment matters.

"This visit therefore reinforces Secretary of State Hillary Rodham-Clinton's message that the US regards South Africa as one of the most important emerging economies in the world today and that the US wishes to work with South Africa to develop closer trade and economic ties," said Ms Kota.

The Secretary of State was in South Africa from 6 to 9 August where she held meetings with International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, former President Nelson Mandela and President Jacob Zuma, among others.

The creation of trade and economic opportunities will encourage job creation while the objective is that the US should become South Africa's partner in dealing with priority matters like unemployment, job creation, rural development, justice, energy co-operation and food security.

The department said the delegation was to meet with Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Andries Nel later today.