Press Release

18 April 2018

Minister Sisulu holds a bilateral meeting with Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu today held a bilateral meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Baroness Scotland QC on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) currently underway in London.

The discussion focused on a number of key issues which include reform of the Commonwealth and its role towards the development of the African continent in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development and intra-Commonwealth Trade and Investment.

South Africa remains committed to working with other Members of the Commonwealth to address the *most pressing global challenges.

Earlier this week Minister Sisulu met with UK Foreign Secretary Hon Boris Johnson to discuss cooperation on wildlife conservation and South Africa’s land redistribution process.

Minister Sisulu also extended an invitation to the Rt Hon Scotland and the UK Foreign Secretary respectively to visit South Africa during the course of 2018 as the country celebrates the Centenary of its first democratic president Nelson Mandela.

The bilateral meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary General forms part of a series of bilateral meetings and roundtable discussions which are expected to take place before the end of the week. These include a roundtable discussion on Zimbabwe.

Minister Sisulu is among the Ministers accompanying President Cyril Ramaphosa to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.  President Ramaphosa’s message is that South Africa for business. This message is aimed at inviting investors to assist the country in growing the economy while creating job opportunities particularly for young people.


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