Media Statement

10 April 2015

Deputy Minister Landers to lead a South African delegation to the 10th SA-Spain Annual Consultations

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will, today, Friday, 10 April 2015, lead a South African delegation to Madrid, Spain, to co-chair the 10th South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations with the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Ignacio Ybáñez Rubio.

The Annual Consultations provides an opportunity for South Africa and Spain to strengthen relations on a wide range of issues in bilateral, political and economic relations. The engagements between the two Principals includes bilateral discussions which was preceded by a Senior Officials Working Group meeting held on 09 April 2015.

Internationally, the two countries will continue to exchange views and strengthen cooperation on issues of global concern. The meeting will also review a number of bilateral agreements that have been signed and those that are currently being negotiated between the two countries.

Trade between South Africa and Spain increased substantially from R15.6 billion in 2009 to R29 billion in 2014. Spain has become a major investor in South African economy, especially in the renewable energy sector.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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