Media Statement

21 November 2021

Deputy Minister Botes to undertake a Working Visit to Denmark and Finland for Political Consultations

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, will undertake a Working Visit to Denmark and Finland for Bilateral Political Consultations. The visit is scheduled for 22-25 November 2021.

The Danish State Secretary for Development Policy, Ms Lotte Machon, has invited Deputy Minister Botes to Copenhagen for Political Consultations on 22 and 23 November 2021.

The Deputy Minister will hold consultations with the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Nordic Cooperation, Mr Flemming Møller Mortensen.

The Deputy Minister will also engage the Nordic Council on their Security and Foreign Policy review of 2020.

The visit also presents an opportunity to promote South Africa’s investment objectives. A seminar will be hosted with the Danish Confederation of Industries (DI).

In Finland, Deputy Minister Botes will hold Political and Economic Consultations with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Mr Ville Skinnari.

The Deputy Minister will also have a wide range of discussions with Finnish institutions involved in issues such as peace mediation, crisis management and innovation.

Bilateral relations between Finland and South Africa are deep-rooted due to Finnish support for the liberation movements in Southern Africa. Relations have grown since 1994 in all areas of bilateral engagement, and Finnish investment is a major priority for both countries, with R1.8b new investments recorded during 2019/20.

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

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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