Minister Dlamini Zuma Launches New SA-Bahamas Joint Bilateral Commission

Freeport- South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma joined her Bahamian counterpart Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell in launching the historic Joint South Africa-Bahamas Bilateral Commission in Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday 24 September 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is on a three-day visit to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, leading a South African Government delegation comprising senior officials from the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Health and Art and Culture officials including her political advisor, Ms Tiny Maya.

The need for the creation of the Joint Bilateral Commission was agreed to during the state visit to the Bahamas by President Thabo Mbeki in December 2003. This was followed by the visit to South Africa in 2004 by Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell during which he signed the Bilateral Co-operation Agreement with Minister Dlamini Zuma.

"During his state visit to the Bahamas, President Mbeki , paid tribute to the role that your country had played in the liberation struggle and expressed the wish that our two countries and peoples strengthen their relations of co-operation and solidarity. Today, not even two years later, we can say that our relations have reached a stage of maturity where we are able to engage with each other on issues close to our hearts.

"When Minister Mitchell and I signed the Bilateral Co-operation Agreement in April 2004 in Pretoria, it was the first step towards the wish expressed by the leaders of our respective nations for closer co-operation between our two countries. The Agreement having entered into force on 9 August this year, now provides the legal framework for collaboration in the areas of agriculture, arts and culture, education and health" said Minister Dlamini Zuma.

It is the view of both the South African and Bahamian Governments that the launch of the Joint Bilateral Commission between the two countries will now become the driving force in the conduct of bilateral relations and it is hoped will see additional collaboration in other common fields of interest.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa

C/O South African Mission- Bahamas

24 September 2005

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