Ramaphosa to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron

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Ramaphosa to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron


French President Emmanuel Macron with Cyril Ramaphosa at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, May 17.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa will welcome Emmanuel Macron to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday.
  • This is Macron’s first visit to South Africa since his election as President of France.
  • The two heads of state will discuss a number of issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday.

Macron arrives in South Africa for his first visit as head of state of the European country.

His visit to South Africa is at the invitation of Ramaphosa.

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Ramaphosa will welcome Macron to the Union Buildings.

The two heads of state will visit the Africa Vaccine Production Support Initiative at the University of Pretoria.

According to a press release from the Presidency, the visit aims to:

– Deepen bilateral cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership between South Africa and France, and within the framework of existing bilateral agreements;

– Deepen understanding of multilateral and global issues of mutual interest, such as the need to reform the United Nations Security Council;

– Chairs will discuss trade and investment, including technical skills training in South Africa, in collaboration with the private sector;

– The presidents will also discuss the establishment of a predictable framework of cooperation between Africa and the United Nations and its agencies, to ensure peace and security on the African continent.

The ministerial delegation to meet Macron includes:

– Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor;

– Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize;

– Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande;

– Minister of Commerce, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel;

– Acting Minister in the Journal of the Remembrance of the Presidency.

The presidency declared South Africa to be France’s largest trading partner in Africa, while France is South Africa’s second largest trading partner in the European Union.

“France is a major investor in South Africa and an important development partner. At the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference, French companies pledged 20 billion rand of investment in the country, ”said the presidency.

The two leaders are also expected to deliberate on climate change, peace and security on the African continent, focus on issues relating to the global response to Covid-19 and economic, health, research responses. and manufacturing to the current pandemic and beyond.

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