- President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in London for a series of meetings
- Ramaphosa made a special visit to Buckingham Palace to pay a courtesy call to the Queen of England
- The president will lead the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting later this week
President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in London for a series of important meetings and events. On Tuesday morning Ramaphosa made a special visit to Buckingham Palace to pay a courtesy call on the Queen of England.
No official statement has been released about what Ramaphosa and Queen Elizabeth chatted about. In pictures released by the Presidency, it looks as if the two heads of state got on well and enjoyed their time together.
Ramaphosa is scheduled to meet with another powerful woman later on Tuesday. The president is due to meet with British Prime-Minister Theresa May for bilateral talks.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the main focus of Ramaphosa’s visit to London is to lead the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) which takes place on the 19th and 20th of April.
Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum banquets. He is also scheduled to attend the opening and closing of CHOGM 2018 and will participate in various executive sessions.
The Presidency said the CHOGM 2018 event provided the perfect opportunity for South Africa to market itself 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,” said Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko
Ramaphosa earlier this week announced he wanted to attract at least R100 billion in direct foreign investment to South Africa in the next five years.
Ramaphosa is set to turn his lobbying skills on the United Nations (UN) later when he campaigns for South Africa to become a UN Security Council member during 2019-2020.
The president is expected to return home on Friday.
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