PRETORIA, — South African President Jacob Zuma has left for Doha in efforts to solidify trade ties with Gulf States during his two-day State visit to Qatar.

“The visit will serve to strengthen and elevate bilateral relations with the State of Qatar,” the Presidency said in a statement here Wednesday.

President Zuma will be holding talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, focusing on trade and economic relations between the two countries, as well as on global and regional issues of security and stability.

President Zuma will also address a South Africa-Qatar Business Forum roundtable to further encourage trade relations between the two nations.

He will also 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 Qatar have grown significantly over recent years and have become more diverse. Trade between the two countries has increased from 4.0 billion Rand in 2012 to 7.0 billion Rand (one USD = 15.64 Rand) 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.

Source: Name News Network

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