INDIA SOUTH AFRICA AGREES TO ENHANCE BILATERAL COOPERATION
ANAND SHARMA MEETS PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA
Date : 22 Aug 2009
Shri Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, has called on Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, in Pretoria this evening. Both sides have agreed on a roadmap to enhance bilateral cooperation in several key sectors, including cooperation on security issues and in addressing international terrorism. The Minister reiterated that the Indian leadership was looking forward to the visit by President Zuma to India early next year, which would give an added impetus to the relationship.
Location : New Delhi
President Zuma and Shri Sharma also discussed measures to deepen and diversify the bilateral relationship through a newly energised economic and commercial partnership building on the existing complementarities. Shri Sharma briefed the President on efforts by the Ministries of Trade and Industry on both sides to enhance the quality of business-to-business interaction between CEOs. It was agreed that India would share its experience in rural development and employment generation and a delegation led by the Minister of Rural Development of South Africa would visit India in the near future in this regard.
Shri Sharma apprised President Zuma on India’s initiative to host a Ministerial meeting on re-energising the Doha Development Round of WTO at which the South African Trade and Industry Minister would also take part.