Media Advisory

06 October 2017

DIRCO to brief the media on IORA Preparations and the outcomes of the BRICS Ministerial Meeting

The Deputy Director-General for Asia and Middle East in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal, will on Monday, 09 October 2017, brief the media on:

  • South Africa's hosting of the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meeting,

  • The Outcomes of the BRICS Ministerial Meeting held in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and

  • SA’s hosting of the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Ministerial Meeting.

South Africa views IORA, comprising twenty-one (21) Member States and seven (7) Dialogue Partners, as the pre-eminent organisation linking Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australasia via the Indian Ocean. The Association represents an important region for global trade and economic development, which is growing in stature and prominence, with South Africa being one of the leading Member States.

The media are invited to the briefing as follows:

Date: Monday, 09 October 2017

Time: 11H00

Venue: Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel, 63 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban

RSVP: and

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


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