The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, arrived in Kinshasa on Thursday for a two-day official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation on regional security and economic development.
Ramaphosa was welcomed by his counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, who is also the current chairperson of the African Union (AU). The two leaders held talks on various issues of mutual interest, including the security situation in the eastern DRC, where armed groups continue to pose a threat to peace and stability. They also discussed the implementation of the AU’s Agenda 2063, which is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent.
The two presidents also witnessed the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding on cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, energy, mining, infrastructure, health, education and culture. Ramaphosa said that South Africa and the DRC have a strong and historical partnership that is based on shared values and common interests. He said that his visit was an opportunity to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to support the DRC’s efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity.
Ramaphosa also praised Tshisekedi for his leadership and vision in advancing the AU’s agenda and promoting regional integration. He said that South Africa and the DRC share a common vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa that can play a significant role in the global arena. He said that both countries are committed to working together to enhance trade and investment flows, as well as to address the challenges posed by climate change, poverty, inequality and underdevelopment.
Ramaphosa is expected to address a joint session of the parliament of the DRC on Friday, before concluding his visit. He will also meet with representatives of the South African business community operating in the DRC, as well as with members of the South African diaspora.