Media Statement

06 May 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Accra for the 4th Session of the South Africa-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Accra today where she will co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) together with her counterpart, H. E. Ms Hanna Serwaah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana.

The PJCC is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade;  transport; tourism; agriculture; customs/revenue services; mining; energy; environment; science and technology; communications; arts and culture; health; youth and sports; education; public works; immigration; justice; and defence.

The Ministers will also utilise the PJCC to discuss regional, continental and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

The 4th Session of the PJCC will also provide an opportunity for both sides to further identify and explore more mutually beneficial areas of cooperation.

The bilateral political relations between South Africa and Ghana are very good, with both countries maintaining residential Diplomatic Missions in each other’s capitals.

Ghana is a strategic partner for South Africa and is her second largest trading partner in the West African region.  It presents a key growth market for South African goods and services, as well as an investment destination for South African companies.

There are more than sixty-one (61) registered South African companies operating in Ghana, which include, amongst others, MTN, AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, Shoprite, Woolworths, Game, Group Five, Stanbic Bank, SABMiller, Engen, Hytec Engineering, Afripa Telecom, African Explosives Limited, Alliance Media, Steeledale, Sherwood, Steers, SAA, 3M South Africa, and Multichoice.

South African investors are active in various sectors including mining, retail, insurance, transport, tourism, banking, telecommunication, construction, services, franchising, manufacturing, fishing, advertising, aviation and energy.

Over the period 2011-2015 total trade of goods was R33.26 billion with exports valued at R17.90 billion and imports valued at R15.36 billion. South Africa registered a trade surplus of R2.53 billion over the period 2011-2015.

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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