Zuma upbeat Nigerian ties have been enhanced
He said this while addressing the meeting of the South Africa-Nigeria Business Council in Abuja.
“The visit has sought to further deepen the historic relations between South Africa and Nigeria, which were forged during the struggle for liberation in our country,” said Zuma.
He said the participation in the state visit by businesspeople from both countries contributed immensely to the advancement of relations between South Africa and Nigeria, especially at an economic level.
Zuma addressed the businesses council a day after meeting his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari.
“We held very productive discussions yesterday between the two governments,” said Zuma.
“The relations between the two countries are managed through a Binational Commission. We have taken an important decision to elevate the Commission to head of state level.”
Buhari and Zuma will chair the South Africa-Nigeria Binational Commission.
“President Buhari and myself and we will take full responsibility for managing relations between the two leading economies on the African continent,” Zuma said.
He said in discussions with Buhari, they noted with satisfaction the growing cooperation in many sectors including trade and investment; defence and security; immigration matters, energy and mineral resources.
“We agreed on the need to further deepen economic cooperation,” he said.
In that regard, the two countries have agreed to formalise the South Africa-Nigeria Business Council, as it is an important instrument that will assist us in managing and advancing the economic relations between the two countries.
“South Africa is optimistic about the further growth of economic ties between the two countries,” said Zuma.
– CAJ News
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