Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to jet off to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday, for a State Visit set to take place on 15 – 16 October 2022.
According to the Presidency, Ramaphosa’s visit is at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness (HRH) King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
He will be hosted by HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud.
“The discussions would focus on export market opportunities for South African produce and on South Africa as an investment destination, as well as an entry point into Southern Africa and beyond, within the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
“It is envisioned that the various deliberations will provide renewed impetus to strengthened economic cooperation in identified priority sectors, notably agriculture, defence, energy, and transport, further underpinned by regular high-level engagements between the two countries,” the Presidency said.
The two countries enjoy a strategic bilateral partnership with recent trade and business activities totaling R66 billion in 2021.
While on the State Visit, Ramaphosa will participate in high-level business engagements with leading businesspersons, as well as institutional and private investors.
Also making the trip are: International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor; Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Thoko Didiza; Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel; Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe; and Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.