Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe undertakes a working visit to Sweden
08 October 2009Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will later today, 08 October 2009, depart South Africa for Sweden on a three day official working visit.
Deputy President Motlanthe’s working visit to Sweden follows a recent official visit to South Africa by the Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt.
The visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and Sweden and to enhance “people-to-people” networks.
The SA-Sweden Binational Commission (BNC), among others, advances government priorities in support of the African Agenda and enhanced economic relations with special emphasis on investment, rural development, creation of decent jobs and climate change interventions.
As convener of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Deputy President is expected to invite the people of Sweden to “book their tickets to South Africa”.
The “people-to-people” leg of the visit will see Deputy President address the Olof Palme Days 2009 Commemorations (conference). The keynote address titled “ANC – Before and after apartheid” will highlight South Africa’s experiences of transiting from liberation movements to a multi-party democratic political system.
Deputy President Motlanthe will return to South Africa on Sunday 12 October 2009.
Enquiries: Mr Vusi Mona on +27 76 682 0079.
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY ON 08 OCTOBER 2009