Joint Communique of the First Session of the Joint Bilateral Commission Between the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Republic of South Africa

Pursuant to Article 1 of the Agreement signed on 30th April 2004, to constitute a Joint Bilateral Commission between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Republic of South Africa, the First Session of the Joint Bilateral Commission was held in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, on 23rd and 24th September 2005. The South African delegation was led by The Honourable Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa and the Bahamian delegation was first led by The Honourable Vincent Peet, Minister of Labour and Immigration (Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs) and The Honourable Frederick A. Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service, upon his return from New York. Joining them was the Honourable Alfred Sears, Minister of Education and Attorney General of The Bahamas. Prior to the First Session, working meetings at experts level comprising the sectors of Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Education Foreign Affairs and Health were conducted. At the opening ceremony on the 24th of September 2005, the leaders of both delegations pointed out the close links of friendship and solidarity that unite the governments and peoples of the two countries. They further stressed the need for the practical implementation of joint programmes in a wide variety of activities:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Health

Both countries recommitted themselves to involving the private sector in achieving the objectives of the Joint Bilateral Commissions. Both parties further expressed satisfaction with the friendly, cordial and opening atmosphere during the exchanges, which is a reflection of the excellent, friendly relations existing between both states and peoples.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

26 September 2005

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