Joint Communiqué on the Occasion of the Official Visit
of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South
Africa, Sao Tome, 8 and 9 April 2005
At the invitation of Mr. Ovidio Manuel
Barbosa Pequeno, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities of the
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister
of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa paid a two-day official visit
to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe on 8 and 9 April 2005.
her stay in Sao Tome, Dr. Dlamini Zuma was received in audience by His Excellency
President of the Republic and Head of State, Mr. Fradique Bandeira Melo de Menezes.
She seized this opportunity to convey the greetings and best wishes of His Excellency
President Thabo Mbeki to President Fradique Melo de Menezes. Minister Dlamini
Zuma was also received by the Honourable Prime Minister and Head of Government,
Mr. Damião Vaz de Almeida.
During bilateral discussions, the two
Ministers exchanged views on the situation in the continent. In this regard, Minister
Dlamini Zuma congratulated Sao Tome and Principe in its capacity as Chair of the
Conference of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) for its role
in bringing peace and stability to Guinea Bissau. The two Ministers expressed
the hope that the process of democratisation currently underway in Guinea Bissau
will bring peace to this sisterly country.
Minister Manuel Barbosa Pequeno,
on behalf of President Mello De Menezes congratulated President Mbeki for the
success of his mediation efforts in Cote d'Ivoire, as evidenced by the recent
signing of the Pretoria Agreement on the Peace Process in Cote d'Ivoire.
Ministers welcomed the successful conclusion of the referendum in Burundi and
agreed that this milestone marks the dawn of a new era in Burundi. They also welcomed
the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the Sudan and expressed the
hope that this agreement will impact positively in the resolution of the current
conflict in the Darfur region.
With regards to bilateral cooperation the
two delegations agreed on the need to intensify cooperation in the following fields:
Education (particularly higher education)
· Health (particularly Medical
Evacuation; construction of health facilities, and exchange of medical technology).
· Air Transportation
· Vocational Training
· Agriculture with a specific focus on Small and Medium scale farming
· Capacity building for the Sao Tome Diplomatic Service
underlined the need to implement and follow up on the above areas. In this regard
they agreed that concrete plans, programmes and agreements in these fields should
be developed and concluded as soon as possible.
In order to create a framework
within which the above mentioned cooperation will take place, the two Ministers
signed a General Bilateral Cooperation Agreement between the two Governments.
the end of her visit in Sao Tome, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma expressed on behalf
of her delegation, her profound gratitude to Minister Manuel Barbosa Pequeno for
the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to her and her delegation, during her
brief but fruitful visit.
Minister Manuel Barbosa Pequeno accepted an invitation
to pay a reciprocal visit to South Africa at a date to be determined through the
Done in Sao Tome 9 April 2005