Minister Dlamini Zuma to hold Discussions in Japan
- South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will on Saturday 2
December 2006 depart for Tokyo, Japan where she is scheduled to pay an official
visit and hold bilateral discussions with her counterpart Foreign Minister Taro
Aso scheduled from Monday - Wednesday 4-6 December 2006.
will pay an official visit to Japan within the context of South Africa's commitment
to consolidate North-South relations with a view to pushing back the frontiers
of poverty and underdevelopment.
Discussions between Foreign Ministers
Dlamini Zuma and Taro Aso are expected to include, among others:
status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
issues in Africa and the Japanese sub-region;
- Japanese support for AsgiSA
and JIPSA driven training programmes;
- Areas of trilateral co-operation;
in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process.
TICAD IV will take place in 2008 and regional preparatory meetings, as well as
an African ministerial meeting on Energy and Environment, is envisaged for early
2007 in Kenya; and
- Multilateral issues including nuclear disarmament,
the comprehensive reform of the United Nations and South Africa's accession to
the Non-Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council.
economic policy toward African development taken in its entirety is directed within
the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process which
was first held in 1993. TICAD enjoys the support of co-organisers, namely the
Government of Japan, the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA), the UN Office of the
Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the
World Bank (WB). TICAD is committed to create synergy between its own agenda and
NEPAD and the UNDP has made substantial contributions to NEPAD already
three pillars are:
- Consolidation of Peace;
- Human-centred Development;
- Poverty Reduction through Economic Growth.
led to the implementation of projects aimed at increasing African human resource
capacity, infrastructure development and investment. In the context of the Gleneagles
G8 Summit held in July 2005, Prime Minister Koizumi committed Japan to holding
TICAD IV in 2008 in an effort at making TICAD the cornerstone of Africa-Japan
relations. Japan has long advocated the importance of ownership of the development
process by Africa in partnership with the international community.
Africa-Asia Summit in April 2005 Japan pledged to double their ODA to Africa in
the next three years. Such ODA will amount to 0.7% of Japan's GDP. Japan is of
the opinion that, based on the Asian experiences, the key to African economic
development is to foster the private sector through he promotion of trade and
investment. In line with this, Japan hosted the TICAD Asia-Africa Trade and Investment
Conference in November 2004.
While in Japan Minister Dlamini Zuma is also
expected to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meet with the Chief
Cabinet Secretary Shiozaki, President of the Japan International Co-operation
Agency (JICA) Mrs Ogata, Governor of the Japan Bank for International Co-operation
(JBIC) Kyosuke Shinozawa, and Chairperson of the Japan External Trade Organisation
(JETRO) Osamu Watanabe.
Minister Dlamini Zuma will also hold discussions
with the Secretary-General and members of the South Africa Parliamentary Friendship
League and meet with Japanese captains of industry.
Minister Dlamini Zuma
is expected to depart from Japan on Wednesday 6 December 2006 ahead of her visit
to Washington where she will support President Thabo Mbeki during discussions
with President George Bush of the United States of America.
South Africa imports technology-intensive goods
from Japan, whilst exporting raw materials and agricultural products. Key Japanese
exports to South Africa include the transport, especially automobiles, and machinery,
especially electrical machinery, sectors. Key South African exports include base
metals, notably Ferro-alloys, non-ferrous metals, and intermediate iron and steel
products. Since 2000 and 2001 onwards vehicle exports from South Africa, the BMW
3 Series and Mercedes C Class, became the first value-added products to be registered
amongst our key exports to Japan.
In 2005 key Japanese exports to South
Africa include original equipment for motor vehicles, especially automobiles,
machinery, and electrical consumer goods sectors. Key South African exports include
vehicles, base metals, notably Ferro-alloys, non-ferrous metals, and intermediate
iron and steel products.
Prior to 1994,
there were no foreign direct Japanese investments in South Africa. However, since
1994, there have been over 42 major investments in South Africa by Japanese companies,
amounting to more than US$ 1 billion.
The following is a list of Japanese
Companies that have invested in South Africa:
- Bridgestone Corporation
- Itochu Corporation
- Japan Metals & Chemicals
Metals & Chemicals (JMC)\Mitsui
- Marubeni Corporation
- Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
- Mitsu & Co, Ltd
- Nissan Motor Co, Ltd
- Nissan Diesel Motor Co,
Denko Co, Ltd
- Nisshin Steel Co, Ltd
- Showa Denko
- Sojitz Corporation
- Toyota Motor Corporation
are indications that Japan is considering adapting its ODA programme for South
Africa to ASGISA. The proposal, if accepted will be based on three pillars:
on the second economy to empower the people
- Human Resource Development
including assistance to the newly established Joint Initiative for Priority Skills
- Trilateral co-operation
Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
1 December 2006