President Muhammadu Buhari will meet his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa during a visit to Johannesburg scheduled for next October. This is what was announced this week, Garba Shehu, spokesman for the Nigerian presidency.
This new meeting should allow the leaders of the first two economic powers of the African continent, to discuss their trade relations in particular. While their trade has doubled in 2018 to about $ 4.5 billion, the two countries, members of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (CAFTA) are ” promoting trade and investment in their economies. “.
The official also said that the two heads of state will discuss the common protection of their citizens, and more particularly on “recurring issues concerning the well-being of the Nigerian community in South Africa“. This, while the xenophobic attacks in South Africa have caused hundreds of deaths among the Nigerian community since 2016, recently arousing the indignation of the Nigerian deputies.
Note that a bilateral commission will also be inaugurated to implement cooperation agreements in the fields of energy, transport and security signed between the two states in 2016.