PRESIDENT, April 13 (NNN-SA NEWS) — South African President Jacob Zuma hosted a State banquet for the visiting Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, here Tuesday night.

The Presidency said in a statement that the Emir is on a two-day state visit to South Africa aimed at deepening and strengthening the already existing good political, economic and social relations between the two countries.

The visit by the Emir will further review progress in South Africa-Qatar bilateral, political and economic relations and identify three short-term projects in the fields of trade and investment, agriculture and oceans economy, said the Presidency.

The Emir’s visit follows the successful State visit by President Zuma to the State of Qatar in May last year. President Zuma’s visit to Qatar focused on co-operation in trade and investment, agriculture and agro-processing, defence, the Blue Ocean Economy, as well as tourism.

It also led to the proposed elevation of structured bilateral engagement to Ministerial level and agreements to establish a Joint Technical Committee and pursue the establishment of a joint SA-Qatar Investment Fund in cooperation with Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The Emir’s visit to South Africa is also anticipated to provide the two Heads of State a platform to discuss matters of strategic interest related to regional and global security. The Emir is accompanied on his trip to South Africa by a high-powered business delegation. — NNN-SA NEWS

Source: NAM News Network