SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT IN BOTSWANA FOR CONSULTATIONONS ON CUSTOMS UNION

| April 19, 2016

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has arrived in Gaborone for consultations with Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama on matters related to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), says the Presidency.

President Zuma is this week undertaking working visits for consultation with the Heads of State and Government of member states of SACU, one of the oldest Customs union in the world having been established in 1910.

The president will also travel to Namibia and Swaziland, the Presidency said in a statement here Monday. Botswana is a member state of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), along with South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.

The consultations will take place from Monday until Friday and are a follow-up to discussions held by the SACU leaders during the inauguration of the new SACU headquarters building in Windhoek, Namibia, on Nov 12, last year.

According to the Presidency, the discussions will also focus on progress in the implementation of the SACU work programme, as adopted by the 2011 SACU Summit. The deliberations will also consider regional, continental and global economic and trade developments and their impact on SACU.

President Zuma, who is the current chair of the SACU Summit, will be accompanied on the visits by Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas.

Meanwhile, consultations with Lesotho are ongoing to find a suitable date for President Zuma's visit to Maseru.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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