Ramaphosa Heads To German G20 Summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa is travelling to Germany to attend Thursday’s G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) meeting in Berlin.

Ramaphosa has been invited by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the Presidency.

The G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) was initiated under the G20 German presidency in 2017 to promote private investment into the African continent.

Twelve African countries have joined the initiative including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, and Tunisia.

South Africa, which is a member of the G20, co-chairs the initiative alongside Germany.

The Berlin meetings will include a G20 Investment Summit, as well as a separate meeting of heads of state and heads of government.

Discussions will take place on ways in which to improve the business environment and increase investment in Africa.

The conference will also discuss Covid-19 vaccine production in Africa.

Vaccine production in Africa is key to enabling African countries to build back stronger, and faster.

Local production of vaccines will also enable post-pandemic African economies to become more resilient and equitable.

Ramaphosa is scheduled to have a meeting with Chancellor Merkel to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

The president is departing for the G20 compact summit on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa travelled to Zambia to witness the inauguration of Hakainde Hichilema as that country’s seventh president.