Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to Co-Host
Ministerial Session of the South Africa - DRC Bi-National Commission (BNC) , Pretoria,
South Africa Thursday, 28 April 2005
Pretoria - Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will tomorrow, Thursday, 2 April 2005 at 14h00 officially
open the Ministerial Session of the Joint South Africa - DRC Binational Commission
at the Burghers Park Hotel in Pretoria.
The Ministerial Session is co-chaired
by Minister Dlamini Zuma and her counterpart Foreign Minister Raymond Ramazani
Baya. The Ministerial session precedes the Joint Binational Commission that will
be co-chaired by President Thabo Mbeki and President Joseph Kabila on Friday,
29 April 2005 at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.
The BNC was established
in August 2004, following President Thabo Mbeki's State Visit to Kinshasa earlier
that year, with a view to consolidating strategic bilateral political and economic
relations between South Africa and the DRC within the overall objective of working
for the renewal of Africa and creating a better world.
this session of the BNC, it is expected that the following agreements and memoranda
of understanding (MoU), as part of efforts to cement ties between the two countries,
will be signed:
· Trilateral Agreement between SA-DRC-Sweden
on public service and administration; and
· Co-operation between South
Africa and the DRC in the field of agriculture;
Memoranda of Understanding
· Relating to co-operation on capacity building for the Congolese
National Police Force; and
· Relating to co-operation in the field
of Customs and Excise.
The BNC is composed of the following sectoral commissions
which serve as the motive force for strengthening the relations between the two
countries: Politics and Governance, Defence and Security, Humanitarian and Social
Affairs and Finance, Economy and Infrastructure.
Consequently, these commissions
have so far generated the following agreements that have been signed at Ministerial
level: Co-operation in the Fields of Health, Public Administration, Diplomatic
Consultations, Economic Co-operation and the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
the co-ordination of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the following departments
Home Affairs, Public Service and Administration, Provincial and Local Government,
Defence, the South African Police Service and the Independent Electoral Commission
(IEC) are engaging with their DRC counterparts on a series of issues.
departments have already committed their personnel to be on the ground in the
DRC to commence with the implementation of assistance programmes, which include:
The Department of Home Affairs became actively involved in the DRC intervention
programme focusing on the interim process of elections and long term intervention
on immigration and population.
· The Department of Provincial and Local
Government has established a technical task team to oversee and co-ordinate the
implementation of the SA-DRC project with regard to local government.
Public Service & Administration assistance with the conducting of a public
service census, anti-corruption, the establishment of a National Institute of
Public Administration institute as well as the rehabilitation of the building
housing the Ministry in Kinshasa.
· South African National Defence
Force - integration of DRC Armed Forces (FARDC);
· South African Police
Service - training of members of the DRC Police on election security matters;
· Assistance in the health sector.
President Mbeki's delegation
is expected to include the Ministers Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Mosiuoa Lekota,
Trevor Manuel, Sydney Mufamadi, Jeff Radebe, Alec Erwin, Zola Skweyiya, Thoko
Didiza, Charles Nqakula, Mandisi Mphalwa, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
and Geraldine Fraser Moleketi.
It is expected that President Kabila will
be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation;
Regional Co-operation; Finance; Planning, Public Service, Mining; Energy; Agriculture;
Transport; Home Affairs; and Defence.
Bilateral Economic Relations between
South Africa and the DRC
The DRC has, over the past six years, evolved as
one of South Africa's main trading partners in the region.
Imports from the
DRC increased from 19% in 1997 to 28% in 1999. South Africa has concluded a Promotion
and Protection of Investment Agreement with the DRC and a MoU on Economic Co-operation.
1998 R 1 048 465 000
1999 R 807 365 000
2000 R 875
2001 R 940 274 000
2002 R 1 631 139 000
2003 R 1 257 431 000
R 1 387 566 000
1998 R 25 042 000
1999 R 18 128 000
R 9 579 000
2001 R 20 669 000
2002 R 17 738 000
2003 R 28 643 000
R1 343 217 000
During the State Visit by President Thabo Mbeki to the Democratic
Republic of Congo on the 13 - 14 January 2004, the President of Business Unity
South Africa (BUSA), Patrice Motsepe, signed a Co-operation Agreement with the
DRC's Federation of Entrepreneurial Chambers. The Forum was inaugurated on 3 September
2004 in South Africa and will be inaugurated in the DRC in April 2005.
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have already begun working on economic
reforms and assistance programmes, and certain confidence indicators make a compelling
business case for investment and
growth in the DRC.
Issued by Ronnie
Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152