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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Hosts President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, 19 Dec

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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Hosts President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, 19 Dec

Working Visit to South Africa by President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, will host the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, on a Working Visit to South Africa on 19 December 2020.

His Excellency President Tshisekedi will be accompanied by senior members of his government while His Excellency President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Defence and Military Veterans; Mineral Resources and Energy and State Security.

In keeping with South Africa’s commitment to enhance bilateral relations with the DRC and peace and security in the region, a General Cooperation Agreement was concluded between the two countries on 14 January 2004.

The General Cooperation Agreement is the principal agreement establishing bilateral cooperation between the two states, providing the basis for political, economic and technical cooperation.

The Agreement also provides for the establishment of a strategic mechanism, a Bi-National Commission (BNC), at the level of Heads of State. The BNC has a strong focus on Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD).

The 12th Session of the South Africa – Democratic Republic of Congo Bi-National Commission (BNC) is scheduled to convene early in 2021.

A large part of South African business with the DRC is trade, the export of goods and services using local agencies, franchising and other non-investment business. South Africa’s exports to the DRC in 2019 were valued at R15,2 billion.