Lithuanian president hands credentials to first ambassador to South Africa

Sigutė Jakštonytė
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

Speaking at the ceremony at the President’s Office, Grybauskaitė stressed the importance of maintaining extensive contacts with the local Litvak community.

According to the press release, Lithuanian exports to South Africa grew by 32 percent in 2014 but there was practically no investment. Food industry, agriculture, IT, chemical and engineering industries are perspective sectors for Lithuanian exports to South Africa, said the President’s Office.

In Grybauskaitė’s words, the two countries are yet to sign a bilateral agreement on economic cooperation and Lithuania needs to look more intensely for trade and business partners not only in the Republic of South Africa but also in the wider South African region.

Speaking about the large Litvak community living in the country, the Lithuanian president stated: “It is important to maintain extensive contacts with this community and strengthen ties in business, investment, trade, tourism, and culture.”

On Wednesday, the president also presented credentials to Lithuania’s Ambassador to Switzerland Valentina Zeitler.

Both ambassadors should take offices on July 27.

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