President Jacob Zuma will arrive in Kinshasa on Tuesday for a two-day state visit aimed at strengthen relations between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Zuma and DRC President Joseph Kabila "are expected to discuss political, economic and security cooperation and pay particular focus on the search for peace and stability in the eastern part of the DRC and the Great Lakes Region," the Presidency said on Friday.
South Africa plays a critical part in the promotion and consolidation of peace and stability in the DRC by contributing troops to the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco). South Africa also contributes to a battalion serving as part of the Monusco Intervention Brigade, established under UN Security Council Resolution 2098.
The two countries cooperate on a number of projects in various fields, including security sector reform, infrastructure development, capacity and institutional building, humanitarian and social matters.
The growing economic cooperation between South Africa and the DRC will receive added impetus through a two-day business forum to be held in Kinshasa. The forum, according to the Presidency, will be looking for ways to expand trade and investment between the two countries.
Zuma will also be accompanied by a business delegation as well as eight Cabinet ministers: International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Energy Minister Ben Martins, and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.