Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Consolidate Bilateral, Political
and Economic Discussions in India New Delhi, India Monday, 12 - Tuesday, 13 December
New Delhi - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will pay
an official visit to India from Monday - Tuesday, 12-13 December 2005 where he
will hold political and economic discussions with his Indian counterpart, Minister
of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh.
Issues on the agenda for
discussion between Deputy Ministers Pahad and Rao Inderjit Singh are expected
to include, among others:
· The status of bilateral political and
· The contribution of India to the implementation
· Developments in Africa including challenges and achievements;
· Developments within the Asian subcontinent; and
issues of mutual interest including the comprehensive reform of the United Nations
and the Hong Kong Round of the Doha World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations.
South Africa has identified India as a strategic partner in its efforts
to achieve its objective of poverty alleviation and to address development domestically.
this regard, three important agreements serve as the basis for the relationship
between South Africa and India. The first is the Agreement on the Inter-Governmental
Joint Commission for Political, Trade, Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical
The second important foundation stone of the bilateral relationship
between India and South Africa is the historic Red Fort Declaration on bilateral
partnership that was signed in March 1997. The partnership is based on a common
commitment to economic development, social justice and co-operation for a global
order that is marked by peace, security and equity.
The third is the Delhi
Declaration signed during the 2003 State Visit of President Mbeki, which reaffirms
the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Most recently, Deputy
Minister Pahad co-chaired the 6th session of the India-South Africa Joint Ministerial
Committee in New Delhi on 5-6 December 2005 together with Minister of State for
External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh.
India together with South Africa and
Brazil constitutes 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. In 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.
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.
Whilst in India Deputy Minister Pahad is also scheduled
to deliver the Alfred Nzo Memorial lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs
entitled, "India - South Africa: Strategic Perspective on Africa and the
World," address the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
and the Confederation of Indian Industry with a view to promoting inward investment
and business opportunities in South Africa.
Bilateral Economic Relations
between both countries
Bilateral commercial relations between India
and South Africa are growing as is evidenced below.
Exports (R'000 000)||SA Imports (R'000 000)|
(Aug)||5 430 428||4,264,752|
350 322||3 126 148|
037 280||2 943 267|
African Investment in India:
A number of leading SA business houses
such as SAB Miller, Old Mutual Plc, Tiger Oats, De Beers, Sanlam, Mvelaphanda
etc have set up operations in India.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152