Paris conference reviews post-apartheid S Africa

16th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PRETORIA, June 16 (AFP) - South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to Paris on Thursday to attend a two-day conference looking back on the first 10 years in a post-apartheid democracy.

PRETORIA, June 16 (AFP) - South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to Paris on Thursday to attend a two-day conference looking back on the first 10 years in a post-apartheid democracy.

The event on Friday and Saturday, organised jointly by the South African embassy and the French Committee for South Africa, will start with a session on the end of apartheid, the first multi-racial elections in 1994 and socio-economic challenges in the new democracy.

"The conference is expected to attract a large number of prominent South African and French dignitaries from the two governments, private sector and civil society," a statement issued by the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Investment partnerships between France and South Africa, tourism, and black economic empowerment are also on the agenda of the conference which will be opened by French Deputy Foreign Minister Xavier Darcos.

"Minister Dlamini-Zuma will also during her visit pay her respects and lay a wreathe at Dulcie September's grave, the former ANC (African National Congress) chief representative slain in the 1980s by what is believed to have been apartheid-era security agents, before holding bilateral political and economic discussions with her French counterpart, Minister Michel Barnier," the ministry said.

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