ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is to attend South Africa’s governing political party or ANC’s 108th anniversary celebrations in Kimberley on Saturday.
The trip to South Africa is part of the PM’s three-nation Africa visit after his official visit to Guinea-Conakry and Equatorial Guinea.
His first appearance will be ANC’s 108th-anniversary celebrations before his meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday, 12 January 2020, host the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, on an Official Visit at the Union Buildings in Tshwane,” said South Africa’s president office.
The office said the meeting would include on matters of mutual national development, regional and continental issues as well as international developments.
“The visit will also explore potential areas of trade and investment for the benefit of both countries in industries such as telecommunications, road infrastructure, mining, agro-processing and manufacturing,” it said.
The visit also forms part of the preparation for South Africa’s assumption of a year-long term as chair of the African Union in February.
South Africa is expected to replace Egypt as chairperson of the Pan African bloc at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa next month under the theme ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.’
“In this context, the Official Visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest on peace, security and development,” the Office says.
“The leaders will also explore ways to advance the African Union’s visionary and developmental Agenda 2063, and to enhance the two countries’ strategic cooperation in campaigning for the reform of the multilateral institutions,” the statement concludes.