President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a courtesy call on Her Majesty the Queen at the Windsor Castle during a working visit to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The meeting will take place from 19 to 20 April 2018.
The president is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and later he will deliver the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum Banquet.
CHOGM 2018 will provide Heads of Government with an opportunity to discuss common international challenges facing the membership, including:
- Weak global trade and investment flows;
- 21st century security threats;
- Increasing the resilience of small and vulnerable states facing climate change (especially its impact on oceans);
- Advancing the Commonwealth’s shared values and democracy, good governance and inclusivity as set out in the Commonwealth Charter.
The Heads of Government will, at the conclusion of the meeting on Friday, 20 April 2018, adopt an Outcome Document which covers a wide range of issues which will serve as a Programme of Action for the organisation in the next two years.
For South Africa, the CHOGM 2018 is an opportunity for the marketing and promotion of South Africa as an investment destination. President Ramaphosa will utilize the opportunity to engage with major investors and business leaders based in the United Kingdom. The President will thus extend an invitation to leading investors and leaders of business to attend the Investment Summit scheduled for later this year.
President Ramaphosa and the South Africa delegation will also utilize the opportunity of the meeting of heads of government to continue to lobby for South Africa’s candidature to the UN Security Council for the term 2019 – 2020 with the elections to be held on the 8th of June in New York.