South African President Jacob Zuma will hold talks with Senegalese President Macky Sall this week during a state visit aimed at strengthening ties and promoting increased trade and investment with the west African country.
Zuma will be accompanied by five of his Cabinet ministers, as well as a delegation of businesspeople who will attend the South Africa-Senegal Business Forum in Dakar 3 October.
Bilateral relations between the two countries received new impetus following the election of Macky Sall as the president of Senegal in 2012.
While the two countries enjoy healthy economic relations, "there is still room for a lot of improvement in trade relations", the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement last week.
South Africa is currently assisting Senegal in the field of electricity production through state company Eskom's involvement in the Manantali hydro-electric project, which supplies power to Senegal, Mali and Mauritania.
The department said Zuma and his delegation would engage with the Senegalese government on areas of interest including defence capacity building, trade and economic development, mining and mineral beneficiation, and water purification.
Zuma is due to be in Senegal on Tuesday and Wednesday, accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.