Press Release

06 May 2013

Deputy Minister Fransman to visit Central and Eastern European Countries

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman, will undertake visits to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic and Romania for Political Consultations with his counterparts from 6 to 16 May 2013.

The Deputy Minister will be in Azerbaijan from 7 to 8 May, Belarus on 13 May, the Czech Republic from 14 to 15 May and Romania on 16 May 2013.

The objectives of the Deputy Minister's visits are to strengthen political, economic and commercial relations; to explore areas of cooperation in education, science and technology; to promote the African Agenda; and to exchange views on global peace and security governance issues of common interest.

Whilst in Europe, Deputy Minister Fransman will lead a South African delegation to the High Level Segment of the Extra-Ordinary Conferences of States Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOP2) scheduled for 9-10 May 2013 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The objectives of the ExCOP2 are to improve efficiency in the life cycle management of chemicals and hazardous waste under the three conventions; to strengthen the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels; to promote coherent policy guidance; and to further enhance efficiency in the provision of support to parties.

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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