Minister Dlamini Zuma to Consolidate Bilateral Relations in Brunei and Malaysia, 21 - 24 June 2005

Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will depart from South Africa on Monday 20 June 2005 for South East Asia where she will lead a South African government delegation on a two nation visit that will see her visit Brunei and Malaysia from Tuesday - Friday, 21-24 June 2005.

The visit takes place within the context of South Africa's objective to:

  • Increase trade interaction with South East Asian countries
  • Increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into South Africa
  • Leveraging tourism opportunities

Coming in the wake of the G77 plus China Summit the visit is also part of consolidating and strengthening south-south relations.

Brunei

Minister Dlamini Zuma will pay an official visit to Brunei at the invitation of her counterpart, Foreign Minister Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, from Tuesday to Wednesday, 21-22 June 2005.

This is the first such high level visit to Brunei by a South African Foreign minister.

Minister Dlamini Zuma will hold discussions with her counterpart, Foreign Minister Prince Mohamed Bolkiah on Wednesday, 22 June 2005 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, during which they will discuss the consolidation and expansion of bilateral, political and economic relations between both countries.

While in Brunei Minister Dlamini Zuma is also expected to pay a courtesy call on His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

Minister Dlamini Zuma will depart from Brunei on Wednesday, 22 June for Malaysia where she is expected to co-chair the inaugural session of the South Africa - Malaysia Joint Ministerial Committee meeting.

Bilateral South Africa - Brunei Economic Relations:
Trade Statistics: (ZA Rand '000)

Year SA ExportsSA Imports Total Trade
19973 878 5314 409
19982 769 22771
199923 485 19623 681
20009 929 339 962
20017 280 107 290
20024 886 N/A4 886
20035 110 N/A5 110
200413 333 N/A13 333

Minister Dlamini Zuma and her Malaysian counterpart to launch Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC):

Malaysia is the current chair of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM).

South Africa, together with Cuba and Malaysia, is part of the NAM Troika of previous, present and future chairs of the movement.

South Africa and Malaysia share strategic historic relations, borne in the struggle against apartheid.
In this context, both Minister Dlamini Zuma and her Malaysian counterpart, Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Jaafar Albar, will be launching the Joint Ministerial Commission which is aimed at regulating strategic, bilateral, political and economic relations between both countries on Friday, 24 June 2005.

The JMC will comprise the departments of Foreign Affairs, Public Service and Administration, Communications, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Transport, Education, Home Affairs, Defence and Telkom.

While in Malaysia, Minister Dlamini Zuma will pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; attend a reception co-hosted by the Malaysia-South Africa Business Council (MSABC) and officiate at the opening ceremony of the new South African High Commission Chancery premises.

Bilateral South Africa - Malaysia Economic Relations
Trade Statistics (ZA Rand '000)

Year SA ExportsSA Imports Total Trade
2004
1,335,434
2,448,172
3,783,606
2003
1,856,420
3,019,636
4,876,056
2002
2,010,334
3,643,829
5,654,163
2001
1,524,001
2,448,658
3,972,659
2000
1,109,222
2,062,585
3,171,807
1999
749,993
1,781,826
2,531,819
1998
396,181
1,780,970
2,177,151
1997
1,150,030
1,305,092
1,305,092
1996
742,534
1,076,632
1,819,166
1995
661,682
892,332
1,554,014
1994
348,954
748,003
1,096,957

South Africa is considered an important potential ally for the Malaysian Government and business and serves as a springboard for Malaysia's economic and political efforts in the rest of Africa as well as South America.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
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19 June 2005

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