Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to hold Discussions with Mexican Counterpart Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, Tshwane, South Africa,
Tuesday, 12 July 2005

Tshwane - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will today, Tuesday 12 July 2005, host his Mexican counterpart Ambassador Maria de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury for bilateral political and economic discussions at the Union Buildings in Tshwane.

The visit comes in the context of efforts aimed at consolidating relations between South Africa and its partners in the South in the interests of creating the conditions for trade, investment and tourism opportunities to be increased between both countries.

Issues on the agenda will include, among others:

  • The status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
  • Co-operation initiatives between both countries in the fields of culture and education, science and technology, social development including job creation and fisheries; and
  • Other issues of mutual interest including reform of the United Nations and its institutions.

On conclusion of discussions with Deputy Minister Pahad, Ambassador Maria de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury will hold discussions with the Deputy Ministers of Home Affairs and Social Development.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Bilateral trade figures for the last three years are as follows: (R 000)

YearExports to MexicoImports from Mexico
2003617 507803 841
2004824 759709 251
2005 161 659 107 249

Mexico has replaced Argentina as South Africa's second largest trading partner (after Brazil) in Latin America, while South Africa is Mexico's largest trading partner in Africa.

Steel and steel products remain South Africa's largest export to Mexico - with almost 62% of value. This is then followed by chemicals, leather, mineral ores, vehicle parts, electrical machinery, paints and dyes, paper products, etc.

From the Mexican side, Mexico's clear international competitive advantage shows in its exports to South Africa as well. Mexican exports are dominated by heavy machinery and mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, optical measuring instruments and vehicle and truck parts. Of course, Tequila and traditional Mexican chillies and even Corona Beer is to be found on the Mexican side, reflecting the world wide growth in Mexican cultural exports as well.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
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12 July 2005


Media Programme for Incoming Visit of Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezuary, Tshwane, South Africa, Tuesday, 12 July 2005

Tuesday, 12 July 2005

08h30 Arrival of media for photo opportunity ahead of bilateral discussions between Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad and Mexican counterpart Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezaury

Venue : Second Floor East Wing
Union Buildings
Pretoria

(Please present press cards)

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587

09h00 Commencement of bilateral discussions between Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad and Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezaury

Photo opportunity

11h15 Arrival of media ahead of press conference to be addressed by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and Mexican counterpart Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezaury on conclusion of discussions

Venue : Second Floor East Wing
Union Buildings
Pretoria

(Please present press cards)

Contact : Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587

11h45 Press conference to be addressed by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and Mexican counterpart Ambassador Maria De Lourdes Aranda Bezaury

For further information contact:

  • Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587

Issued by Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
0001

12 July 2005

 



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