Obama’s visit to SA will strengthen ties- Zuma
Ventures Africa reported that the United States President Barack Obama’ s visit to South Africa will help strengthen ties between the two countries. Ventures Africa was quoting Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, this week. “This will present an opportunity to showcase progress since the establishment of the African Union, and to discuss co-operation on matters of socio-economic development, as well as peace and security on the continent,” Zuma told .
“The US is a major investor in South Africa, with about 600 US companies operating within the South African economy.”
Obama is expected is spend a week in Africa touring South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania, from 26 June until 3 July. This is going to be Obama’s longest journey of his presidency so far to the continent of his father’s family, the White House announced on Monday.
The US’ first African-American president is coming to Africa talk trade, strengthen democratic institutions and also to invest the next generation of African leaders.
According to president Zuma, South African exports about 90 percent and the products enter US duty–free.
Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to South Africa as US president, as part of a three-nation tour aimed at bolstering US relations with sub-Saharan Africa.
The White House says Obama and his wife, Michelle will travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from the 26th of June until the third of July.
President Zuma also said the government would prevent planned mass protests against the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama. Several labour unions, political movements and civil society bodies will stage protests and pickets during Obama’s official visit.
Some University of Johannesburg students will also protest against UJ’s decision to award Obama an honorary doctorate.
The anti-Obama protests are aimed at Washington’s support for Israel, and the US military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Source: Ventures Africa