South Africa has agreed to issue 10-year visas to Nigerian businessmen, academics and travellers.
The agreement was reached between the two countries, following successful conclusion of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit.
Nigeria will also issue same to South Africans in such categories.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the agreement was reached in a meeting co-chaired by Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, which was the first time both presidents will preside since the Bi-National Commission was elevated.
He said the decision was taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries and, further strengthen socio-cultural, economic and political relations.
At the meeting held at the Union Buildings, Presidential Palace of South Africa, the two presidents agreed to nip violence in the bud before it escalates, while taking into consideration the need to share more intelligence and promote stronger partnership in security.
Both countries also agreed to re-establish the consular forum, which is a structured arrangement where both governments meet regularly, at least twice in a year, to discuss welfare of citizens.
Geoffrey Onyema, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, signed the minutes of the 9th session of Bi-National Commission.