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22. November 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa Hosted the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 20 November 2018, hosted the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on a State Visit to South Africa in Cape Town. The last Official Visit to South Africa by a German President was undertaken 20 years ago by then Federal President Roman Herzog.

This week’s State Visit followeds a bilateral meeting between President Ramaphosa and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the margins of the G20 Africa Summit in Berlin towards the end of October 2018. This meeting re-energised relations between South Africa and Germany and provided the opportunity for the President to highlight the strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries.

During a business breakfast meeting in Berlin, President Ramaphosa encouraged German business leaders to continue investing in South Africa and expressed appreciation for the significant role German companies continued to play in developing skills and building capacity in South Africa.

Relations between South Africa and Germany are cordial, multifaceted and of a strategic nature. The importance of Germany to South Africa’s national and international interests can be seen in Germany’s support of South Africa’s domestic objectives, such as fostering economic growth, overcoming poverty and social imbalances, increasing the skills base and supporting efforts to combat the effects of climate change

Germany and South Africa also have a robust and growing trade relationship with Germany being South Africa’s third-largest global trading partner in 2017.

Germany is also one of the largest foreign investors in South Africa, with more than 600 German companies having subsidiaries or production in the country, sustaining approximately 100 000 jobs.

The State Visit afforded both leaders an opportunity to discuss multilateral issues and to cooperate closely as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term from 2019 – 2020.

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