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Postponed: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg to visit South Africa


The Prime Minister’s visit to South Africa on 8–10 March has been postponed because he needs to remain in Sweden to effectively and closely lead the Government’s work concerning COVID-19.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will visit South Africa on 8–10 March. Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg and a Swedish business delegation will also take part in the visit.

During the visit, Mr Löfven will meet South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa for bilateral talks. Mr Löfven and Mr Ramaphosa will take part in the tenth Binational Commission (BNC) between South Africa and Sweden. The BNC was established in 1999 as a forum for dialogue on common issues within politics, the economy, education, research, the environment, the climate and water, as well as human rights and culture.

Sweden and South Africa have a close relationship and the country is Sweden’s largest trade partner in southern Africa. South Africa is a key regional actor and an important partner in the work to address global challenges, not least in the United Nations and this year when the country is Chair of the African Union. Topics for discussion during the visit include cooperation in trade and investment, global challenges, the labour market, the environment and climate, energy, research and culture.

For more information about the programme, please contact Press Secretary Gösta Brunnander.

Please send the mandatory notification of attendance to Press Assistant Frédérique Claise.

Press contact

Gösta Brunnander
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Frédérique Claise
Press Assistant, Prime Minister's Office
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00