FRANCE PRESIDENT FIRST VISIT TO THEIR LARGEST TRADE PARTNER IN AFRICA.

Today President Cyril Ramaphosa will host French President Emmanuel Macron on a state visit at the Union Buildings. This marks President Macron’s first visit to South Africa through an invitation of President Ramaphosa. The two Heads of State amongst others wii discuss how to deepen bilateral cooperation, COVID-19, economic recovery as well as peace and security issues on the continent.

South Africa is France’s largest trading partner in Africa, while France is South Africa’s second largest trading partner in the European Union (EU). The Presidents will also discuss trade and investment, including technical skills training in South Africa in collaboration with the private sector. 

They will later pay a visit to the Vaccine Production Support Initiative for Africa at the University of Pretoria.

On Thursday President Macron met his Rwandan counterpart in Kigali, during a visit that aims to reset ties between the two nations. Macron said he recognises his country’s role in Rwanda’s genocide, and hopes for forgiveness. #Ladi_jaja?

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