He noted that South Africa wanted to increase and diversify its exports to India and had identified new areas for market access including the defence, deep mining, renewable-energyand health sectors.
Zuma stated that the South African government continued to play its part in advancing its socioeconomic blueprint through the National Development Plan (NDP), which “provides for a coherent and pragmatic framework for the transformation of our economy”.
“South Africa values cooperation with regards to skills development. A number of our youth study in India. We are keen to explore further opportunities for trainingopportunities [in] India as part of youth empowerment and development,” Zuma noted.
He added that South Africa had agreed to promote tourismbetween the two countries.
“We would like to assure the Indian [delegation] that South Africa is a wonderful tourism destination and that a simplification of South Africa's visa regime with India is under way. This will promote ease of travel to South Africa,” Zuma said.
He stated that the two countries held enormous trade and investment potential that needed to be unleashed through closer strategic cooperation.