Minister Dlamini Zuma to Launch SA-Belarus Joint Commission
- South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today Wednesday
4 July 2007 depart from Accra, Ghana for Minsk, Belarus for bilateral discussions
and the launch of the South Africa - Belarus Joint Intergovernmental Committee
on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) scheduled for Thursday - Saturday 5-7
July 2007. Minister Dlamini Zuma will be hosted by her Belarusian counterpart
Foreign Minister Sergei Nikolayevich Martynov.
Minister Dlamini Zuma, accompanied
by Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Deputy Minister Rob Davies, will visit Belarus
within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate bilateral political,
economic and trade relations with Belarus.
Minister Dlamini Zuma was in
Accra, Ghana where she provided support to President Thabo Mbeki during the African
Union Heads of State and Government Summit from Sunday - Tuesday 1-3 July 2007.
discussions between Ministers Dlamini Zuma and Sergei Martynov are expected to
include, among others:
- The status of bilateral political, economic
and trade relations between both countries including areas of future engagement
- Belarusian support for the promotion of the African
- Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament;
- The conflict
in the Middle East; and
- Co-operation between the two countries in multilateral
fora including the United Nations and the comprehensive reform of the United Nations.
The South Africa - Belarus ITEC was signed into law in August 2006
and will be launched in Minsk on Thursday 5 July 2007.
The ITEC consists
of the following sub-committees: Minerals and Energy, Science and Technology and
Trade, Investment and Banking. These committees will investigate further areas
of co-operation between both countries.
During her visit, Minister Dlamini
Zuma will on Friday 6 July 2007 receive the award of Honorary Professor of the
Belarusian State University.
While in Belarus, Minister Dlamini Zuma is
also expected to pay a courtesy call on President Aleksander Lukashenko, meet
with the Chairperson of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly,
and the Deputy Chairperson of the "Belarusian Women's Union".
Dlamini Zuma is expected to return to South Africa on Sunday 8 July 2007.
The potential for economic development and interaction
with South Africa remains significant, and has, and still could present South
African businesses with excellent opportunities.
Current bilateral trade
as per Belarusian 2006 statistics is US$ 15 million. South African imports of
potassium fertilisers (main import), refrigerators, flax fabrics and spare truck
and tractors parts amount to US$ 6 Million. Belarus also exports fully assembled
low cost agricultural tractors and large dump trucks for the mining industry.
South African exports of diamonds, veneer sheets, organic chemicals, vehicle spare
parts and capital goods amounted to US$ 4 Million.
Trade between South
Africa and Belarus (all figures in ZAR)
All figures R' 000
|SA Exports ||1
191 || 1 841||1
590|| 2 410||2 401||2
292||6 260|| 2 681||20
246||9 042||12 315|
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