By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is today, 28 May 2021, hosting French President Emmanuel Macron on a State Visit at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria.
This comes after the French premier’s visit to Rwanda, where he was asked about his country’s responsibility for the 1994 genocide.
According to the acting President’s Spokesperson, Tyrone Seale, the visit by the French President will be aiming to deepen bilateral cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership between South Africa and France.
“The engagement also aims to deepen understanding regarding Multilateral and Global issues of mutual concern, such as the need for reform of the United Security Council,” said Seale.
It is also expected that Ramaphosa and Macron will talk about the establishment of a predictable framework of cooperation between Africa and the United Nations and its agencies on ensuring peace and security on the African continent.
Ramaphosa will be joined by members of his cabinet, namely the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel, and Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
Among other issues that are expected to be discussed is trade and investment, which will include technical skills training in the country and in collaboration with the private sector.
The two nations have a unique trading partnership which makes South Africa, the France’s largest trading partner in Africa. Meanwhile, France is South Africa’s second largest trading partner in the European Union (EU).
It has been reported that France is a major investor in South Africa and a significant development partner.
“During the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference, French companies pledged R20 billion of investment into country,” said Tyrone Seale.