Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Lead South African Delegation
to 6th Session of South Africa - India Joint Ministerial Commission, New Delhi,
India Monday, 5 - Tuesday, 6 December 2005.
Tshwane - South African Deputy
Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will lead the South African delegation to the 6th
session of the South Africa - India Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in New
Delhi, India scheduled from Monday - Tuesday, 5-6 December 2005.
session of the JMC will be co-chaired by Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad and his Indian
counterpart, Deputy Minister Radijit Rao Singh.
This session of the JMC
comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate relations
with countries of the South in order to comprehensively address the developmental
challenges of the South in general and Africa in particular.
In this regard,
India together with South Africa and Brazil constitute the unique India-Brazil-South
Africa (IBSA) trilateral forum. IBSA represents the consolidation of forces between
the three major economic powers on each of their respective continents.
addition, these three countries have mutual views on fundamental issues impacting
on the development of the South - the comprehensive reform of the United Nations
and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, the current round of which
is underway in Hong Kong.
South Africa and India also participated in the
Asian-African Summit and the Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Bandung hosted
by Indonesia from 18-24 April 2005. Through the New Africa - Asia Plan of Action,
African and Asian Heads of State and Government committed themselves to ensuring
that the traditionally strong historical relations between both continents would
be translated into stronger more dynamic economic relations that would contribute
to the reduction of poverty and underdevelopment on both continents.
SA-India JMC consists of 11 committees, viz. Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Arts
and Culture, Communications, Health, Minerals and Energy, Science and Technology,
Sports and Recreation, Trade, Tourism, Transport, Public Service and Administration
The JMC will review the work of these 11 committees including
matters relating to the work of IBSA, support of the Indian government for the
implementation of NEPAD, the implementation of the New Africa - Asia Strategic
Plan, the comprehensive reform of the United Nations, the Hong Kong round of the
World Trade Organisation talks currently underway, a review of bilateral political
and economic relations between both countries, and various other co-operation
projects between both countries in the various identified sectors.
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by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
4 December 2005