Media Statement

29 October 2015

Deputy Minister Landers to co-chair the 12th South Africa - Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism, 29-30 October 2015

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, HE Mr Luwellyn Landers, will co-chair the 12th Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) with his Cuban counterpart, HE Mr Rogelio Sierra Diaz in Havana on 29-30 October 2015.

The JCM convenes annually and is co- chaired by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

South Africa is a beneficiary of Cuba's ongoing assistance of the five priorities of the South African Government through joint programmes in health, labour, defence, social development, housing and infrastructure.  One of success stories is the extensive cooperation between South Africa and Cuba regarding skills development training.

Under the auspices of the South Africa Health Agreement, almost 3000 South African students are currently receiving training in Cuba. In addition, the deployment of Cuban doctors, engineers and technical experts across South African provinces is a further demonstration of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

South Africa and Cuba have maintained longstanding relations. Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with South Africa in 1994 and has become an established strategic partner for South Africa in the Latin America region.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5976

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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