- South Africa today signed letters of intent with Guinea to help the country revive its transport infrastructure. The signing follows a two-day joint commission headed by South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her Guinean counterpart, Mamady Condé, in Pretoria.
It was the first such meeting between the two countries, which also saw an agreement on the waiving of visa restrictions for official and diplomatic passport holders.
"Besides the letters of intent there have been discussions around air transport and merchant shipping," Ms Dlamini-Zuma said.
South Africa's trade with Guinea is dominated by mining companies such as Randgold, De Beers and Billiton operating in Guinea. Pretoria noted there was "a significant opportunity" for South Africa to promote business cooperation with Guinea in the agricultural and mining sectors.
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