Media Statement

24 April 2022

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini arrives in India to attend the Raisina Dialogue

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has arrived in India on an Official Visit from 24 to 27 April 2022. Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini is representing South Africa at the Raisina Dialogue, taking place in New Delhi from 25 to 27 April 2022.

The Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics and annually attracts high-level participants from all over the world. The theme for the 2022 edition of the Conference will be: “Terra Nova: Impassioned, Impatient and Imperilled”. In line with the theme and the dialogue conversations, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini will engage on the issue of communities as first responders to health, development and the planet.

The Deputy Minister will also participate in the Young Fellows Programme, where she will engage on the subject of ‘Women in Policy and Politics’.

The Deputy Minister will utilise the platform of the Conference to highlight key issues at the heart of South Africa’s foreign policy, including advancing development and economic recovery and press for equitable access to healthcare in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the visit, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini will also have an opportunity to engage with the Minister of State for External Affairs, Minister Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, and will focus on issues of mutual interest such as further enhancing the solid bilateral relationship between South Africa and India, promote trade and commercial engagement, growing foreign direct investment and partnering in areas beneficial for both countries, such as skills exchange.

South Africa and India enjoy a Strategic Partnership and bilateral relations are anchored by a deep and shared history of friendship and solidarity. Also in the international arena, the two countries share a common vision on a range of global issues and closely cooperate in various multilateral fora, such as BRICS, IBSA, G20 and IORA.

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

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