Chairperson, the ANC will continue to work with other countries and progressive forces to promote the transformation of the global order away from unilateralism and conflict. It will continue to seek a path of hope and human solidarity, and believes that economic and political co-operation with other countries can improve the lives of our own people, and will continue to work towards a better life for all.
In line with the commitment, South Africa and Russia have agreed to increase their co-operation in various fields including technology, energy, trade and investment. The International Relations and Co-operation Ministry and Russian Ministry of Natural Resources held talks in Cape Town on Tuesday 27 October 2009, where they discussed, among other things, ways of enhancing co-operation and the relationship that already exists between these two countries, their people and the business sector.
The meeting paved the way for President Zuma's state visit to Russia in 2010, which aims at cementing and ensuring smooth bilateral co-operation. The ANC will continue to achieve and engage efforts to build in South Africa. Thank you. [Applause.]