South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma arrive at Incheon international airport outside Seoul on November 10, 2010 ahead of the start of the G20 Summit. World leaders on November 11 start two days of summit talks dominated by an ill-tempered drive to rebalance the lopsided global economy and resolve fractious currency disputes.

President Jacob Zuma arrived in Seoul on Wednesday, ready to attend the 5th G20 summit due to take place on Thursday and Friday.

The Seoul summit is the second such meeting of the G20 for 2010 following the June meeting in Toronto.

A statement from the presidency said that the summit will focus on building a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, on strengthening the international financial regulatory system as well as creating global financial safety nets and modernising the international financial institutions.

“South Africa participates in the G20 summit within the context of contributing to and strengthening the multilateral system to ensure fair and effective responses to the challenges confronting the world today,” the statement said.

“South Africa is part of the G20 as is systematically important for the country, with national economic interests to promote.

“The G20 continues to play a key role in responding to the global economic crisis.”

It is expected that Zuma will attend a welcome reception hosted by President Lee Muyng-bak in honour of G20 leaders.

Zuma who is accompanied Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and other senior government officials, is expected to return to South Africa on Saturday 13 November. - I-Net Bridge