Media Statement

25 April 2017

South Africa hosted the Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada for the 11th meeting of the South Africa - Canada Annual Consultations.

The South African Government has today, 25 April 2017 hosted the Deputy Minister of Global Affairs of Canada, Mr Ian Shugart, for the 11th meeting of the South Africa-Canada Annual Consultations, which was co-chaired by Acting Director-General, Mr Kgabo Mahoai.

In 2003, recognizing the long history and rich tapestry of the bilateral relationship, Canada and South Africa signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Strengthened Cooperation. As part of this declaration, there was a commitment to hold Annual Consultations on foreign policy, commercial and development issues, and to bring about increasing cooperation on issues of common interest, such as conflict prevention, peace building and good governance.

The meeting discussed bilateral cooperation in such areas as mining, higher education, science and technology, trade and investment and development assistance, and looked forward to cooperation in the areas of peacekeeping, justice, culture, the environment and support for the establishment of an integrated Border Management Agency (BMA) in South Africa.

Both countries reaffirmed their belief in multilateralism and in the centrality of the United Nations to solving the many crises facing the world, and in the need to secure a rules based international system.

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