Minister Dlamini Zuma to host her Botswana Counterpart Minister Mompati Merafhe for Bilateral Discussions, Tshwane, South Africa, Thursday, 13 October 2005

Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will on Thursday, 13 October 2005 co-chair, together with her counterpart from Botswana Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mompati Merafhe, the 2nd Session of the SA-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission for Co-operation (JPCC) at the Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane.

The Ministerial consultations come within the context of South Africa's stated commitment to strengthening bilateral political and economic relations with all countries of the SADC region.

Minister Merafhe's visit also comes ahead of and is part of preparations for the scheduled state visit to South Africa by Botswana's President Festus Mogae on 24-27 October 2005.
On the margins of the Joint Permanent Commission meeting, the two Ministers will also hold a tête-à-tête to discuss among others:

  • An overview of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
  • Developments within the SADC region and the African continent;
  • Joint co-operation projects between the two countries
  • And the outcomes of the 60th Session UN General Assembly and the Millennium Review Summit.

Minister's Dlamini Zuma and Merafhe are also expected to finalise preparations for the signing of five bilateral agreements on agriculture, health, local government, sports and transport ahead of the state visit of President Mogae to SA.

Bilateral Economic Relations

YearSouth African Exports (R'000)South African Imports (R'000)
2005 (June) 0 826,098
2004 0 2,404
20030 30,218
2002319 321

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12 October 2005

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