Minister Dlamini Zuma Departs for Brunei and Malaysia

Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will later today, Monday 20 June 2005 jet out of South Africa for South East Asia with her delegation on a two nation visit to Brunei and Malaysia from Tuesday - Friday, 21-24 June 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma's visit takes place against the background of South Africa's objective to:

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

Building on the outcomes of the recently held G77 + China Summit in Qatar, Minister Dlamini Zuma's visit seeks to expand and consolidating south-south relations.

In Brunei, Minister Dlamini Zuma is scheduled to hold bilateral political and economic discussions with her counterpart Foreign Minister Prince Mohamed Bolkiah on Wednesday, 22 June 2005 in Bandar Seri Begawa. During the visit, Minister Dlamini Zuma will also pay a courtesy call on His Majesty Paduka Waddaulah.

In Malaysia, Minister Dlamini Zuma will co-chair and preside over the launch of South Africa-Malaysia Joint Ministerial Committee aimed at regulating political and economic relations between South Africa and Malaysia.

Both South Africa and Malaysia are part of the Non-Aligned Movement troika, which includes Cuba in their capacities as former, current and incoming Chairpersons of the Movement respectively. Malaysia and South Africa share strategic and historic relations borne out of the struggle against apartheid.

The Joint Ministerial Committee has sub-committees focusing 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, interact with the South African and Malaysian business community as well as officiating at the opening ceremony of the new South African High Commission Chancery.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152
20 June 2005


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