Zuma to meet Gaddafi

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is expected to visit Libya on Monday before making his way to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Zuma is to consult with African Union Chairman and Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ahead of his participation in the 40th Annual General Meeting of the WEF, which is scheduled to take place from Wednesday.

While the WEF meeting will focus on the strengthening of economics, the mitigation of global risks, the ensuring of sustainability and the enhancement of security, President Zuma will use the opportunity to promote the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

"The overall theme driving South Africa's participation at WEF, Davos, 2010, is 'Experience South Africa'. The President will promote South Africa as a destination, and will assure international audiences that the country is ready to host the world cup in all respects," said the Presidency.

Zuma will be accompanied by National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Water and environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

Following the conclusion of the WEF, Zuma will head for Ethiopia to attend the African Union (AU) Summit, along with Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

The AU Summit is scheduled from 30 January to 2 February.