Press Release

16 April 2012

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to visit the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will undertake a visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on 17 April 2012 to attend the Second Joint Ministerial Meeting between South Africa and Ethiopia.

The Ministerial meeting will be preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting on 15 and 16 April 2012. The Senior Officials Meeting will be attended by officials from various departments including Trade and Industry, Transport, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tourism and International Relations and Cooperation.

South Africa views Ethiopia as a strategic partner on the African continent at both bilateral and multilateral levels. South Africa and Ethiopia have entered into a number of bilateral agreements to establish a regulatory framework to facilitate Political, Economic and Social interactions between the two countries.

Total trade between the two countries is currently standing at R302 million and growing.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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