Zuma’s Nigeria visit officially begins
He arrived in Abuja on Monday at the invitation of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.
The State Visit is scheduled to take place until Wedneday.
A number of issues will be on the agenda- ranging from political and economic issues between the continent’s two biggest economies.
South Africa and Nigeria have lukewarm bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.
The two countries conduct their bilateral relations through a structured Bi-National Commission (BNC) established in 1999 and have thus signed 34 Bilateral Agreements.
To date, there are over 120 South African companies doing business in Nigeria in various sectors.
These include telecommunications, aviation, tourism, banking, property, retail, entertainment and the fast food industries.
With its large population and vast natural resources, especially oil and gas, Nigeria is South Africa’s key trading partner on the continent.
It provides significant opportunities for its exports and investments and is ranked seventh in terms of South Africa’s total trade in Africa.
Several ministers are accompanying Zuma.
– CAJ News
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