Media Statement

22 October 2021

Minister Pandor concludes successful visit to Abidjan

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has concluded her successful visit to Abidjan, where she led a South African delegation at the inaugural Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of South Africa.

Minister Pandor co-chaired the JCC, held on 19-21 October 2021, with her Ivorian counterpart, Minister Kandia Camara.

On 20 October 2021, Minister Pandor held meetings with the Minister of Defence, Mr Téné Birahima Ouattara; and the Minister of Planning and Development, Ms Nialé Kaba.

Addressing the ministerial segment of the JCC on 22 October 2021, Minister Pandor said South Africa and Côte d'Ivoire were looking at strengthening economic, social, scientific and technical cooperation.

The JCC noted that trade and investment relations between South Africa and Côte d'Ivoire have improved. However, the two delegations said there is still room for further growth.

The two countries agreed that a number of draft memoranda of understanding must be finalised in time for signature during the upcoming State Visit to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to be undertaken before the end of 2021.

Whilst in Abidjan, Minister Pandor paid a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, HE Alassane Ouattara.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974


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