Cameron pledges SA trade surge

2011-07-18 12:18

Johannesburg - The UK and South Africa are committed to doubling bilateral trade by 2015, visiting UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

Addressing a news conference after talks with South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Cameron, on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office in May 2010, noted that trade between the two countries was currently valued at around £9bn.

He described the relationship between the two countries as "strong", saying the two countries were dedicated to making it even stronger.

Cameron intimated that a large part of his role was to boost the British economy and establish trade links, which was the main purpose of this trip.

He noted that there were two sides to Africa - the starving as well as the booming parts - and that the UK wanted to play a key role in the continent's transformation. He said South Africa presented a "gateway to that economic future".

Cameron said the UK wished to seize the opportunity of a booming Africa, adding that the UK would invest in key trade areas on the continent.

He mentioned that the UK had earmarked two million pounds to help alleviate suffering in the Horn of Africa, which situation he described as "catastrophic".

President Zuma said the two leaders had discussed a huge range of issues, particularly trade matters. They also discussed Libya and Zimbabwe.

"All of us feel we need to resolve the Libyan question," Zuma said, adding that he was very happy to hear in greater detail the European Union's view on the matter.

Zuma said he was also able to enlighten the UK leader on the progress being made with regard to Zimbabwe.

Cameron praised South Africa for its leadership in trying to resolve the Libyan crisis and urged all sides to try to avoid any further loss of life in the region.

He also believed that Libya should decide its own future.

The British Prime Minister also supported a democratic Zimbabwe with a roadmap to plot the way forward and "credible" elections.

In closing, Cameron said he was proud to be here in South Africa on the historic occasion of former president Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday, saying Mandela was an inspiration to the world.

  • Parko - 2011-07-18 12:29

    Sounds nice, but I don't trust Cameron any more than I trusted Gordon Brown

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-07-18 13:20

    How is trade going to double? I can't see a plan?...

      Nuck Choris - 2011-07-19 06:57

      Politicians always say nice things on visits. You know, like offsets for arms deals and other niceties that never materialise.

  • dilligaf - 2011-07-18 15:37

    Hopefully not through more arms deals. You can bet the issue came up - "Don't worry, Jacob, the SFO has squashed the BAe thing for you".......

  • struth - 2011-07-18 19:37

    If David Cameron trusts Zuma and the AU he is totally naive. What David Cameron should be watching is the direction that the ANC is taking in our Country. Has he not been paying attention lately?? David Camreon should rather be looking at the Human Rights abuses in South Africa, namely the slaughter of the farmers (many if whom are of British Origin) before he considers doing trade with a Country which abuses rights of minority groups.

      Zakhele - 2011-07-18 20:50

      There is more bribery and killing in Britain than there is South Africa. Don't worry he is used to it.

      redbaron84 - 2011-07-19 08:30

      Indeed Zhakele, I heard that someone who worked for a tabloid was murdered yesterday. And, top police have resigned because of the phone tapping scandal!

  • Zakhele - 2011-07-18 20:05

    Blah, Blah, .....What do the English have got to offer us other stealing from us, Cameron?

      redbaron84 - 2011-07-19 08:27

      You are reading and writing in English. you are right theat they stole the gold, but nobody was mining it or trading it before they did, were they? You wear a jacket and trousers, eat with a knife and fork and collect your meat from a butcher. You wear woven linen and cotton, leather shoes and watch colour television. You listen to a radio and you take penicillin when you are ill. They have something to offer.

  • Doug - 2011-07-19 11:53

    Check your stats Zakele and red barron. South Africa 47 murders per 100K people (the second worst in the world) UK 5.5 per 100K people per annum !!!- But it didnt take long for Zuma to stick his grubby paws out for hand out. Yes the British have a lot to answer for - but all these things happended in a different historical era. But history will show that the ANC are going mess this country up - there is no precedent in history where pardigm shifts in social restructuring has been successfully managed by the incoming party (ANC) -- the sooner the DA is the primary party the safer SA will be.

  • John Kotze - 2011-07-19 14:33

    I sincerely hope that President Zuma truthfully enlightened Mr. Cameron on the LACK of progress in Zimbabwe and also that we have a few buffoons in youthful leadership who think that we should follow Mr. Mugabe's example!!

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