Minister Essop Pahad leads South African Delegation to Bolivia
Minister in the Presidency, Dr Essop Pahad is currently in Bolivia leading a South
African delegation as a follow- up visit to President Evo Morales's visit to South
Africa in January 2006. Dr Essop Pahad is accompanied by Minister of Minerals
and Energy, Ms Buyelwa Sonjica, Speaker of the National Assembly,Ms.Baleka Mbete,
Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice and Constitutional Development
respectively, Ms Sue van der Merwe and Adv. Johnny de Lange.
to Bolivia comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to strengthening
bilateral, political and economic relations between the two countries and is aimed
at advancing the developmental agenda of the South.
Then President Elect,
Evo Morales visited South Africa in January 2006 shortly after his electoral victory
where he held discussions with President Thabo Mbeki on a wide range of political
and economic issues.
In this regard the visit to Bolivia by the delegation
is aimed at exploring possibilities for co-operation in the following areas:
of the work of the Presidencies of the two countries.
- Co-operation and
sharing of experiences in the workings of Constitutional Assemblies.
of experiences on Minerals and Energy Policies.
The delegation will
return to South Africa on 20 July 2006.
Issued by Nomfanelo Kota on 082
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x 152
17 July 2006