South African President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by a South African business delegation yesterday arrived in Berlin, Germany as part of a SA-German Business Forum and State Visit from 8-10 November.
The Makamba Foundation’s Founder, Dr. James Makamba, is part of the South Africa Business Delegation accompanying the President. Makamba Online spoke to him on the side-lines of the Forum.
Day one of the high-level visit saw a delegation of notable South African Business Unity Council (BUSA) and the Germany South African Business Council members met to discuss issues pertaining to investment and trade alongside President Zuma’s visit. Makamba said that a wide range of issues were discussed from Foreign Direct Investment, Black Economic Empowerment Partnerships, Visa and Immigration, Manpower Training as well as Tourism.
SA key market for German companies
According to the South African Embassy to Germany, there are about 400 German companies based in South Africa, who employ about 90 000 people. South Africa is therefore one of the most important African industrial sites for German companies looking to do business on the continent.
The Economic Forum was opened by the envoy of the ambassador, Horst Brammer, and the German ambassador in Pretoria, Walter Lindner. The keynote speaker was the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies.
The visit continues today.
Author: David Nothling