Media Statement

29 October 2021

Minister Pandor arrives in Rome for the G20 Leaders’ Summit

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has arrived in Rome, Italy, where she is leading the South African delegation at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, scheduled for 30-31 October 2021.

As the current President of the G20, Italy is convening the Summit under the three pillars of People, Planet and Prosperity.

The G20 brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80% of world GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.

Minister Pandor will this evening meet her United States counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, for a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

South Africa and the United States maintain cordial bilateral relations, managed through three structured engagements: the Strategic Dialogue (Ministerial level), Working Group on African and Global Issues (Director-General level) and the Annual Bilateral Forum (Senior Officials’ level).

The United States is a strategic partner for South Africa and a major export market for value-added products, a significant source of foreign direct investment (FDI), technology transfer, development assistance and tourism.

The United States remains South Africa’s third largest trading partner, with more than 600 American companies operating within our borders.

In addition to the substantive G20 programme, Minister Pandor will engage in a number of other bilateral meetings on the margins of the Leaders’ Summit.

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

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