Zuma to cement ties with Guinea

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is due to visit the oil rich Equatorial Guinea today with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

This will be Zuma's second visit to the country this year; his previous visit took place on the eve of the April elections.

However, this time he visits as Head of State.

"South Africa is keen to promote economic relations in the areas of agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and infrastructure development, in addition to collaboration in the furtherance of the African political agenda including the strengthening of democracy in the continent," his office said in a statement.

Zuma will be accompanied by the International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.

Oil revenue has made Equatorial Guinea, with its population of more than half a million people, the richest, per capita, in Africa.

After Guinea, President Zuma will proceed to Mozambique to attend the Troika Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on politics, defence and security, at the invitation of Mozambican President Armando Emilio Guebuza.

The Heads of State summit will be chaired by Guebuza and attended by Zambian leader Rupiah Banda and Swaziland's King Mswati II.

One of the items to be considered by the Troika Summit is the review of the implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe.