Media Statement

24 May 2022

Minister Pandor to undertake a Working Visit to Egypt to co-chair the Ninth South Africa – Egypt Joint Commission for Cooperation on 25 May 2022

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will undertake a Working Visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt, on 25 May 2022 to co-chair the Ninth Egypt – South Africa Joint Commission for Cooperation, with her counterpart, HE Sameh Shouktry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

South Africa and Egypt enjoy very good political, economic and social relations, following the formal establishment of diplomatic relations on 29 March 1995. The relations have since been conducted through a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), as a structured bilateral mechanism to provide for political, economic, social, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries.

As the JCC has recorded an upward trend of economic achievements and vibrant bilateral relations over the years, the Working Visit is expected to create space for deliberations on issues of mutual interest and concern pertaining to the continent and global governance.

Additionally, the visit will also seek to work towards the elimination of non-tariff barriers to bilateral trade, in the spirit and letter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, reviewing and implementing standing agreements. In addition, discussions and negotiations will be held with towards locating future relations as both countries seek to strengthen existing areas of cooperation while identifying new ones.

The Minister will lead a delegation comprising senior official representatives of at least fourteen (14) National Departments, including members of the South African National Space Agency.

Enquiries: Mr Lunga Ngqengelele, MLO, 082 566 0446

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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