South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will host Buhari on Thursday, 3 October 2019, said the Presidency in a statement on Tuesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari will be in South Africa for a State visit, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Bi-National Commission (BNC).
Despite recent attacks on Foreign nationals in South Africa, both countries insist they share sound relations that were formally established in 1994.
The relations were established immediately after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
Last month hundreds of Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa as a result of the anti-foreigner violence that included the looting and burning of their shops.
Buhari has since met South Africa’s special envoy, Jeff Radebe, in Abuja. Radebe conveyed an apology on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Formal relations between Nigeria and South Africa have been conducted through a BNC, established in 1999 as a structured bilateral mechanism to provide for political, economic, social, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation.
Over the years the BNC recorded remarkable achievements, and provides a useful platform for enhancing bilateral relations, notably on the economic front.
There are more than 30 agreements which have been negotiated and signed since the establishment of the BNC, and which are at different stages of implementation.
These include the Bilateral Trade Agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Economic and Technical Cooperation and an Agreement on Cooperation in Defence.
There is a significant footprint of South African companies currently doing business in Nigeria in various sectors, mainly in telecommunications, banking, retail, hospitality, mining, tourism, agriculture and construction and tourism.