Zuma to visit Namibia, Botswana

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will this week undertake a two-legged working visit to the Republic of Botswana and the Republic of Namibia, the Presidency said.

It said the visits take place within the context of promoting the African Agenda and are aimed at strengthening relations between South Africa and the two countries.

Zuma will take advantage of the visits to hold bilateral consultations with Botswana President Ian Khama and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba on a variety of multilateral issues. South Africa maintains strong relations with the two countries.

Given their small domestic market but favourable location and superb transport and communications base, Namibia and Botswana are regarded as among the leading advocates of regional economic integration.

In addition to their membership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the two countries presently belong to the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) with South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and partners. Within SACU, no tariffs exist on goods produced in and moving among the member countries.

Zuma will arrive in Namibia on 29 February with the Botswana visit scheduled for 1 March.