By SA News
South Africa’s efforts to solidify trade ties with the Gulf States will be further enhanced with President Jacob Zuma’s State visit to Qatar, according to the government.
President Zuma arrived in Doha on Wednesday for his two-day State visit.
“The visit will serve to strengthen and elevate bilateral relations with the State of Qatar,” the Presidency said.
The President is scheduled to meet with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The two will hold bilateral talks on trade and economic relations between the two countries, as well reflect on global and regional security and stability.
President Zuma will also address the South Africa-Qatari Business Forum roundtable to further encourage trade relations between the two nations.
He will also pay a courtesy call on Father Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
South Africa’s political and economic relations with Qatar have grown significantly over recent years and have become more diverse.
Trade between the two countries has increased from R4 billion in 2012 to R7 billion in 2015.
Most of South Africa’s investments in Qatar are in the petrochemical-related sectors such as Sasol, which plays a significant role in Qatar in the development of the country’s gas reserves.