SA committed to mediate in Africa's conflicts – Zuma

President  Zuma says SA remains committed to playing a mediation role in conflict situations in the continent.

He was speaking ahead of his two-day state visit to Uganda. Pres Zuma and his wife Ms Sizakele Zuma (nee MaKhumalo) were received at Entebbe International Airport by Ugandan Vice President Gilbert Bukenya last night for a state visit aimed at further enhancing economic and political relations between South Africa and Uganda.

The main focus being on consolidating trade relations. This landlocked East African country with an annual GDP of $14.53 billion has got the potential of becoming a significant oil exporter.

This follows last year’s discovery of the equivalent of 800 million barrels of oil valued at $50 billion. Uganda also offers investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, mining, energy and ICT.

Pres Zuma says they would want to expand business relations between the two countries and have more investments and also improve the manner in which this is done.

Zuma, who is accompanied by 30 businesspeople, will attend the launch of the Uganda National Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

He is expected to use his address to parliament to assure Uganda of SA’s support in addressing conflicts in the continent.

Uganda provided support to the ANC during the struggle for liberation. Pres Zuma will unveil the SA Wall of Remembrance built in Kampala to commemorate the struggle heroes who are buried in Uganda.

The government of Uganda has turned the former ANC military camp into the Oliver Tambo School of Leadership with financial help from the RSA. Pres Zuma will officially hand it over to his hosts as a token of appreciation for the role they played in the struggle for liberation.


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