Status on the future Relations of the South African Government
with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government
QUESTION NO: 115 N211E
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF 15 MAY007
Dr A. N. Luthuli (ANC) to ask the
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
(1) With regard to the enormous contribution
made by South Africa to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to attain a democratic
government, what is the nature of South Africa's future relations with the DRC?
The future nature of South Africa relations
with the DRC is informed by the strategic partnership that exists between the
two countries and which is based on mutual respect and trust. South Africa and
the DRC have signed a Bi-National Commission (BNC) Agreement in 2004, serving
as legal frame work to assist the DRC government in its quest to reconstruct and
develop the country.
The reconstruction and development of the DRC requires
a coherent and coordinated response by a broad range of internal and external
actors including government, civil society, the private sector, international
agencies and non-governmental organisations.
South Africa is fully committed
to continued engagement with the DRC and to assist the newly elected government
with its consolidation of democracy. South Africa is committed to providing ongoing
assistance to the new Government to reform the DRC's economy and is supporting
measures to encourage a predictable and stable economic environment to unlock
investment and trade opportunities between South Africa and the DRC. South Africa
and the international community are attempting to appropriately and jointly address
the DRC's short and long-term economic needs.
South Africa's assistance
to the DRC is informed by its vision of an "African Renaissance" of
sustained renewal, growth, socio-economic development for the African Continent.
Accordingly, South Africa is committed to a strategy for post conflict reconstruction
and development in the DRC that is aligned with that of the African Union and
NEPAD designed to achieve the objectives of sustainable peace and development.
a practical level, focus will be placed on critical support areas like security
sector reform; public service reform which includes a census of civil servants,
development of anti-corruption measures and capacity building of the public service,
immigration, justice; capacity building for the DRC provincial and local governance;
infrastructure development; electrification and mining, as well as economic development
and planning, implementation and coordination of Spatial Development Initiatives.
These initiatives will all be coordinated within the framework of the Bi-National
Commission so as to ensure that the interests of both South Africa and the DRC
are served in an appropriate manner.