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Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund to receive Deputy President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe

On Thursday 20 October 2011, Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund is to meet Deputy President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe in Stockholm. The meeting, to be held on 20-21 October, takes place within the framework of the seventh Binational Commission (BNC). The purpose of the BNC is to deepen and broaden bilateral relations between Sweden and South Africa.

Bilateral cooperation and trade between Sweden and South Africa are on the BNC agenda. Senior officials from both countries will meet for two days to discuss current issues and common challenges in economy and trade, security policy, environmental and energy issues and social issues.


During his visit to Sweden, Deputy President Motlanthe will also be granted an audience with H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and meet the Speaker of the Riksdag, Per Westerberg. He will also pay his respects at the grave of Olof Palme in Stockholm, deliver a speech at Uppsala University and pay his respects at the grave of Dag Hammarskjöld at Uppsala Old Cemetery.


Thursday 20 October

Programme points:


10.15 Jan Björklund receives Kgalema Motlanthe
Entrance to Rosenbad 4
Photo opportunity - assembly 10.00


10.20 Talks at Rosenbad
Photo pool


11.00 - 11.45 Opening addresses by Jan Björklund and Kgalema Motlanthe.
Place: Rosenbad Conference Centre
A limited number of places are available to the media. Please email pressrummet@foreign.ministry.se before 16.00 on 19 October if you are interested in participating.


Friday 21 October

Programme points:


10.00 Speeches by Jan Björklund and Kgalema Motlanthe plus signing of joint agreement.
Place: Rosenbad Conference Centre
A limited number of places are available to the media. Please email pressrummet@foreign.ministry.se before 16.00 on 20 October if you are interested in participating.


10.30 Press conference with Jan Björklund and Kgalema Motlanthe
Place: Rosenbad, Bella Venezia, 'Gubbhyllan'
Assembly 10.15


Entrance to all programme events via Kopparporten, Rosenbad. Please arrive in good time. Please bring your press credentials.
We look forward to seeing you.


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South Africa is Sweden's largest trading partner in Africa. In 2010, Swedish exports to the country were valued at SEK 10 billion, and every year some 40 000 Swedish tourists visit South Africa. South Africa is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a member of BRICS. It is the only African member of the G20 and is regularly invited to participate in G8 summits. In November and December this year, South Africa will host the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban.


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