President Zuma to visit Qatar


Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday undertake a State visit to Qatar to strengthen and elevate bilateral relations between South Africa and Qatar, says the Presidency.

The Presidency on Monday said relations between the two countries were further enhanced and consolidated by President Zuma’s official visit to Qatar, in January 2012, during which discussions revolved around a wide range of issues and concrete projects that the two countries could engage in, including cooperation in water, energy, construction, agriculture and infrastructure development.

“The President is scheduled to meet with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, as well as bilateral talks on trade and economic relations between the two countries and critical aspects related to global and regional security and stability,” said the Presidency.

While in Doha, the Presidency said, President Zuma is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Father Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

“South Africa’s political and economic relations with the State of Qatar have grown significantly over recent years and have become more diverse, noticeably in the field of trade, while bilateral relations between the two countries are managed through the Bilateral Consultations, which is due to hold its 5th session in South Africa in the current year.

“Trade between the two countries has increased from R4 billion in 2012 to R7 billion in 2015. Most of South Africa’s investments in Qatar are in the petrochemical-related sectors such as Sasol, which plays a significant role in Qatar in the development of the country’s gas reserves,” said the Presidency.

The President is also expected to address the South Africa-Qatari Business Forum.

He will be accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson; State Security Minister David Mahlobo; Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Pated Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. –

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