Ramaphosa, SA President, in Nigeria on four-nation tour

Ramaphosa, SA President, in Nigeria on four-nation tour

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on Tuesday flew to Nigeria, commencing a week-long, four-nation visit to the West Africa region.

Ramaphosa and his entourage will visit Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal.

“The visit, which concludes on December 7, serves to reinforce South Africa’s bilateral relations with the countries concerned and to strengthen partnerships directed at African development and cooperation in multilateral forums,” acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale said.

“During this visit, South Africa and the partner states will explore ways to leverage the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area for mutual benefit and with greater support for businesses conducting intra-African trade and investment.”

Equally important, Ramaphosa is accompanied by a delegation of ministers and business leaders.

“The State Visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria will coincide with the 10th Session of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) and will reflect on progress made in advancing trade and investment between the two countries,” said Seale.

Notably, the BNC is the highest structured bilateral mechanism between Nigeria and South Africa.

“The 10th session will allow the presidents to review progress made in the implementation of decisions and agree on new programmes to be implemented by the respective governments.

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“It is expected that five new agreements and Memoranda of Understanding will be concluded by the respective ministers,” said Seale.

Subsequently, from Nigeria, Ramaphosa will visit the Côte d’Ivoire on December 2 and 3, 2021; where he will be hosted on a state visit at the invitation of President Alassane Dramane Ouattara.

“The state visit is significant and historic; given that it is the first since diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire were established in May 1992,” said Seale.

Also, in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Ramaphosa will also address the opening session of the Africa Investment Forum; jointly organized by the Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank; under the theme: “Accelerating Transformative Investment in Africa”.

Thereafter, on conclusion of his visit to Côte d’Ivoire, Ramaphosa will proceed to Ghana from 4 to 5 December, 2021; where he will be hosted on a State Visit by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

“The visit to the Republic of Ghana will culminate in an inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission. The bilateral relations between South Africa and Ghana have grown significantly over the years,” said Seale.

“Underlining these strong relations is the elevation of structured bilateral relations from a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC); to a Bi-National Commission, to be chaired by the heads of State.”

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa’s four-nation West Africa regional tour will conclude in Senegal.

The South African President will be on an official visit in that country from December 6 to 7.

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