Zuma arrives for WEF meeting

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Switzerland to attend the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which kicks off today.

The meeting, which will end on Sunday, is being held under the theme: "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild."

Zuma, who arrived in Zurich en route to Davos yesterday was accompanied by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan; Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk as well as a business delegation.

The Presidency said during the meeting, the South African team will also be promoting the 2010 FIFA World Cup under the theme, 'Experience South Africa'.

Zuma will also participate in a number of sessions as well as hold several bilateral meetings.

On Friday, Zuma will leave Davos to attend the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme, "Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for the Future".