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President Ramaphosa prepares to advance SA’s growth, development, international cooperation 

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President @CyrilRamaphosa addressing the nation from the Union Buildings in Tshwane, on the termination of the National State of Disaster which was declared on 15 March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will in the coming weeks undertake a number of bilateral and multilateral engagements to advance South Africa’s growth and development as well as international cooperation.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Presidency said that the President is currently preparing to advance partnerships for growth and development in South Africa and for global solidarity, security and inclusive prosperity. 

The Presidency highlighted that South Africa’s programme of economic diplomacy is a key lever for the realisation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan to rebuild the economy.

“At the multilateral level, South Africa seeks to advance its national interest – the well-being and development of all citizens – as well as the development priorities of developing countries including the SADC region and the African continent, and to promote an equitable rules-based multilateral system,” the Presidency said.


In October, President Ramaphosa will host President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic for deliberations in Pretoria.

President Ramaphosa will also welcome Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of Spain to Pretoria for discussions on relations between the two countries.

“Still in October, President Ramaphosa will undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, in fulfilment of a planned visit the President postponed in April 2022 to focus on government’s intervention in the KwaZulu-Natal flood disaster,” the Presidency said. 

Saudi Arabia is South Africa’s second largest trading partner the Middle East and largest source of imports from the region.

The exchange of political and business visits, as well as trade and investment exhibitions and seminars by both countries in the past years have had a positive effect on trade and investment trends.


In November, President Ramaphosa will participate in the global climate change conference, COP 27, to be held at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Heads of State and Government, government delegations, non-governmental organisations, private sector delegates and other representatives will engage at the global conference on action on climate and sustainable development goals.

The delegates will also engage on adaptation and resilience; climate4 finance; education and youth; gender; innovation, and land use, as part of deliberations on mitigating climate change and securing sustainability for future generations.

“President Ramaphosa will subsequently undertake a visit to the Republic of Kenya for his first engagement with recently elected President William Ruto with a view to expanding trade between the two countries and enhance people-to-people relations between two significant economies in their respective regions,” the Presidency said. 

Still in November, President Ramaphosa will participate in the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, where leaders of the world’s major developed and emerging economies will hold discussions on global priorities advocated by Indonesia during its term as the G20 Presidency.

These priorities include the global health architecture, sustainable energy transition and digital transformation.

Together, the G20 members represent more than 80 percent of world GDP, 75 percent of international trade and 60 percent of the world population.

UK state visit

Later in November, President Ramaphosa and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe will honour an invitation by His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom to undertake a State Visit to the United Kingdom.

The Presidency said that the State Visit follows visits at this level to the United Kingdom by Presidents Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma since the advent of democracy and follows visits by King Charles III and the Queen Consort to South Africa.

South Africa and the UK are strategic partners with a broad and vibrant relationship, led by a commitment to liberal values, democracy and the rule of law.

The two countries share a wide array of mutual interests and continue to deepen collaboration to resolve global challenges.


In early December, President Ramaphosa is set to host President Nicolás Maduro of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for bilateral discussions in Pretoria.

Venezuela is a strategic partner of South Africa in Latin America, especially in the context of South-South cooperation as well as the potential for future economic partnership due to its abundant oil and gas reserves.

The Presidency said that it will provide closer details of these engagements, including dates, closer to these events. – SAnews


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