Media Statement

31 August 2022

Minister Naledi Pandor attends the 48th Edition of the Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy Forum, in Italy

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has arrived in Milan, Italy to participate in the 48th Edition of the Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy Forum, starting on 02 – 04 September 2022.

The Forum is one of the most important meetings which brings together a selected group of government leaders, business leaders, academics, Nobel Price Laureates and other influential personalities from around the world.

Minister Pandor is invited to speak at the opening session of the Forum, under the theme: “Future global challenges and impacts on Business - The clash has happened: Now What?”.

Minister Pandor’s speech will focus on South Africa’s role in the current geopolitical turmoil.

Other speakers include HE Iiham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan; Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, Former President of the European Commission; Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for social policies of Singapore; Mr Subramanyam Jiashankaet, Minister of External Affairs of India; and Mr Fu Ying, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.

HE Luigi Di Maio, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, will close the session.

On 01 September 2022, Minister Pandor will deliver a keynote address at the Business Roundtable event, under the theme – South Africa and Italy: co-operation towards sustainability transitions.

The Business Roundtable, an initiative of South Africa’s Mission in Rome, will be attended by the captains of various big businesses from the Lombadia region, where the city of Milan is based.

Minister Pandor will also use the opportunity of her visit to Italy to hold bilateral discussions with some of her counterparts, including the Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation of Italy, HE Luigi Di Maio.

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

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