Polish Premier visits South Africa Thursday

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Cape Town, South Africa – Polish Premier Donald Tusk is due to arrive in South Africa Thursday on a three-day official visit, and will be hosted by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Tusk will be accompanied by a ministerial and business delegation.

Government spokesman Clayson Monyela said here Wednesday that it will be Tusk’s first visit to South Africa since he became Prime Minister in 2007 and it is expected to facilitate bilateral relations and an agreement on priority areas for cooperation.

The two leaders will review the status of bilateral relations and pay particular attention to the implementation of priority agreements.

An Economic Cooperation Agreement will be signed providing for the establishment of a Joint Economic Committee (JEC), which will establish the necessary frameworks and programme of action for the enhancement of the economic cooperation.

Also, Motlanthe and Tusk will explore new bilateral cooperation in agriculture and rural development, education and skills development, environmental affairs, science and technology, transport and maritime.

Total trade between South Africa and Poland grew from US$260 million in 2006 and to US$630 million in 2012.

South Africa’s major exports to Poland are dominated by machinery, equipment and vehicles, salt and sulphur, aluminium, ores, slag and ash.

For its part, Poland’s major exports to South Africa are machinery and nuclear reactors, electrical, electronic equipment, and vehicles other than railway, tramway, essential oils, perfumes and miscellaneous manufactured articles.