Nigeria and South Africa on Tuesday signed an agreement aimed at ending visa acquisition by holders of official and diplomatic passports.
from both countries have been charged to ensure the effective
implementation of the newly signed instruments and the conclusion of
Presidents, Jacob Zuma and Goodluck Jonathan met in Cape Town, South
Africa where various issues were discussed on how to improve on
relationship between both countries as they agreed on so many issues
aimed at boosting development in the continent.
the visas waiver agreement both countries also signed eight other
bilateral agreements which include, cooperation in legal field, oil and
gas sectors, power sector development, environment,defence cooperation,
women development and empowerment as well as child development.
bilateral agreements also cover geology, mining, mineral processing and
metallurgy and fields of information and communication technology.
For both presidents, stronger ties between both countries is necessary if the continent’s fortune is to be improved.
his view, President Zuma said, ”we have a duty to take this historic
relationship further. Our two countries have already grown very warm
bilateral relations structured through the bi-national commission that
was officially inaugurated in 1999,”.
meeting also afforded President Zuma the opportunity to express his joy
also the number of South African companies doing businesses in Nigeria,
the biggest investment being in the telecommunication sector.
further noted that it is the intention of South Africa to expand to
other sectors such as engineering, construction, banking, oil and the
He also advocated for both countries to promote people
to people relationship especially through tourism which he said has
generated huge Foreign Direct Investment for the country.
year alone, South Africa received a total of 73,282 Nigerian tourists
which is an 13.8percent increase from 2011 contributing about 720million
Rands to the South African economy within the period.”
his responding, President Jonathan, described the signing of nine
bilateral agreements between the two countries is a major achievement
that would enhance the critical role of Nigeria and South Africa in
transforming the continent,
President later addressed joined session of the South African
parliament where he re-echoed the need for the two countries to
strengthen partnership in growing the continent’s economy.