Remarks by Deputy Minsiter Aziz Pahad on Commencement of 4th
Session of South Africa - Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission for Co-operation,
Colosseum Hotel, Tshwane, South Africa, Monday, 31 October 2005
remarks and welcome by Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad
Koloma, this the first session of the South Africa-Mozambique Joint Permanent
Commission for Co-operation being co-chaired with you since you were appointed
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation. I am very pleased to welcome
you to the family of foreign affairs.
We are very pleased with
the growth of our relations of friendship, solidarity, good neighbourliness and
mutually beneficial co-operation between our countries and peoples. This has established
a very base for us to continue to work together to address the common challenge
to provide a better life for both our peoples.
This is however,
not a new phenomenon. The people of South Africa are very mindful that we could
not have achieved liberation without tremendous sacrifices by countries like Mozambique
and others we referred to as the "frontline states."
this awareness, it becomes increasingly apparent that we must all play our parts
to ensure stability and development for all in SADC and throughout the Continent.
We are pleased to have as our partner in the advancement of
democracy and continental unity the people of Mozambique who continue to be true
standard bearers of African commitment to making this century the African century.
The various roles played by Mozambique in various continental
fora indicate your commitment to this. We are certain that under the leadership
of Mozambique that we can ensure SADC will become the vibrant organisation it
As you know, the SA-Mozambique JPCC was instituted
on 20 July 1994, as one of the first such commissions between South Africa and
its partners. We have since enjoyed very favourable relations. This forum sits
on a biannual reciprocal basis. At the last meeting in Mozambique in 2003 we reviewed
progress since the implementation of the JPCC. I am certain that in the next two
days our high-level delegations will critically assess the achievements and blockages
in this forum and strive to unblock them.
There are 25 agreements
signed between both countries covering various spheres of co-operation, inter
alia, Fisheries; the Maputo Harbour; Agricultural development; Natural Gas Trade;
Demining; the Maputo Development Corridor; a Joint Water Commission, Promotion
and Reciprocal Protection of Investments and Customs Administration.
relations with Mozambique are unique in that, in addition to the JPCC at Deputy
Ministerial level, we have a Heads of State Economic Bilateral Commission that
is chaired by our respective Heads of State. This was implemented in 1997. Since
then there has been major progress in economic co-operation between our two countries.
This forum that meets twice a year in unique and is being repeated
with other SADC countries. Chaired by our Heads of State, economic relations that
will ultimately reflect our political relations, is given impetus at the highest
In this regard, the JPCC must not duplicate the work
of the Economic Bilateral Forum. It must indeed be a complimentary forum to further
consolidate the work of our Heads of State and perhaps give them an indication
of where the blockages in our relations are so that they can give directions to
unblock these blockages. In this regard, let me mention that the JPCC consists
of four clusters:
Cluster 1 Migration, Labour, Health, Security
Cluster 2 Foreign Affairs, Fisheries, Women, Children and
Social Action, Youth and Sports, Public Administration, Provincial and Local Government,
Education, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture
Cluster 3 Trade and
Industry, Banking and Finance, Investment, Agriculture and Rural Development and
Cluster 4 Transport, Communication, Tourism, Environment,
Meterology, Water Affairs and Forestry Issues, Public Works, Energy and Mining.
I am happy to note that our officials met in Maputo in August
2005 - they will give some feedback on their deliberations to this forum.
is South Africa's second largest export market, with trade having increased dramatically
over the past three years. South Africa is currently Mozambique's largest foreign
investor. Foreign Direct Investment by South Africa in Mozambique exceeds US$
South Africa and Mozambique's economic relationship is the strongest
in the Southern Africa region. Trade between the two countries is on the increase,
with 57.2% of Mozambique's imports emanating from South Africa (18% of South Africa's
exports to Africa). About 26.2% of Mozambique exports are destined for South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA - MOZAMBIQUE TRADE
like you, we are in agreement that our institutions must be strengthened if Africa
is to meet its developmental challenges. At the last SADC summit in Gaborone in
August 2005, our successes and challenges were identified. We realised that our
institutions were not strong enough to deal with the introduction of the RISDP
and SIPHO. We have also taken too long to implement recommendations of the various
working groups in SADC.
I believe that SADC will begin to reflect
a new dynamism with the election of Mozambican former Foreign Minister Dr Simao
as the new Executive Secretary.
However, if matters continue
as presently, SADC will not meet its predefined targets - for instance, regional
economic integration will not be achieved by 2012 and SADC will fail to become
the engine for NEPAD.
If SADC does not become strong, we will
be unable to achieve our objectives of African renewal.
UN Social Development Report is very dire in this regard. While it correctly identified
some of our achievements, it reflected that this trend was not extended to the
whole of Africa. Indeed, the African situation as a whole becomes increasingly
dire. Our continent is the only continent that continues to get poorer. The vast
majority of our people are worse off than they were 20 years ago. We are very
pleased to note that Mozambique is one of Africa's success stories.
we cannot get NEPAD to work, Africa will be the only continent in the world that
will not achieve the MDGs.
We must make NEPAD work. In this regard,
matters like food security are becoming increasingly serious in many of our countries.
Regarding the AU - I am happy to note that both our countries
have acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism. This is again unique in that
it represents Africa's answer to the world that thinks it can force feed democracy
to us. South Africa will be reviewed next year. In this regard, we have already
set-up our institutions necessary to the review process.
am very disappointed that the Millennium Development Summit and UN 60th Session
in New York in September 2005 did not meet our expectations. There was a great
failure to deal with some of the more fundamental issues - not just Security Council
reform - but the definition of terrorism, the peace building commission, commitment
to nuclear non-proliferation, etc. This is again a serious indictment on the developed
countries in their lack of political will to deal comprehensively with issues
that affect the underdeveloped countries.
Both our countries
have a vast and serious responsibility that transcends our two countries - we
have a total commitment to the same value systems. This must be translated into
positive results for the peoples of our countries, the region and the continent.
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