“We were capable of get our private zone, who are available in their large numbers to Côte d’Ivoire, to form relationships, friendships, and I am hoping that some of them will move from touch to settlement,” he stated on the quit of his visit to the West African country on Friday.
Speaking to the media at Pavillon Présidentiel Airport in Abidjan, he stated: “Their warm temperature, hospitality and the reception that we got here in Côte d’Ivoire has simply cemented a totally robust dating that is evolving.”
Ramaphosa met President Alassane Ouattara as part of his weeklong tour of West African countries.
The Abidjan stop observed talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari — which coincided with the tenth session of the binational commission among the international locations.
Ramaphosa’s delegation consists of ministers Fikile Mbalula, Thulas Nxesi, Naledi Pandor, Gwede Mantashe, Thandi Modise, Senzo Mchunu, Ebrahim Patel and Khumbudzo Ntshwavheni.
“For us as South Africans to have embarked on this journey to Francophone West Africa to open a market among French-speakme Africa and English talking Southern Africa is for us a high-quality boon,” stated Ramaphosa.
“We are immensely satisfied. At a diplomatic degree we've got emerged right here with a extraordinary deal of achievement, having cemented a super political relationship with President Ouattara and between SA and Côte d’Ivoire.”
Ouattara will conduct a state go to to Cape Town subsequent 12 months after accepting Ramaphosa’s invitation, “in order that we also can display him our hospitality but additionally deepen our courting between the two nations at a diplomatic and political degree”.
Ramaphosa said the signing of agreements “is a superb signal and the building of a totally strong basis for destiny dealings between the two nations”.
More than one hundred SA businesspeople “have recognized eleven regions round which they would really like us to do positive things and they'll additionally like to forge excellent partnerships with their opposite numbers”, he said.
Ramaphosa flew to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, where he turned into welcomed via Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.
On Saturday he's going to meet his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Addo, and attend the inaugural consultation of the Ghana-SA binational fee.
On Sunday, Ramaphosa will lay wreaths on the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum on the tombs of the founding father of the AU and Ghana’s first president and the past due first lady, Fathia Nkrumah. Later, he's going to deal with the SA-Ghana Business Forum and a SA-Ghana fashion show.
Contracts must follow contacts, Ramaphosa says after Ivory Coast talks (msn.com)
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