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- Tuesday, 22 September 2015
- By Kenny Dlamini
In the past few months, the South African government made significant visits to a number of Asian countries in a quest to strengthen strategic bilateral relations. This also includes hosting some of the Asian countries’ representatives from business and civil society sectors, to the level of Ministerial meetings and Head of States conventions.
- Friday, 18 September 2015
- By Wayne J. Jumat
South Africa and Mexico are considered as “Pivotal” states in the Central American and Southern African regions, and formally established relations on 27 October 1993, with the subsequent opening of the South African Embassy in Mexico City on 10 January 1994. Respectively, these states are members to various international and regional organisations such as BRICS, G20, G77, MIKTA, and this supports the views of these states as prominent ‘emerging powers’ within the Global System of Actors. This may be due to these states’ access to these important platforms of political and economic discussions and negotiations, but they also have “voices” within these structures that carries quite some significance, whether in the Global South or Global North. Furthermore, a solid trade and political relationship has come about from interaction between these states, however more can and needs to be done to ensure the condition of this relationship remains mutually beneficial particularly as South Africa is Mexico’s biggest African trade partner.
- Friday, 18 September 2015
- By Naledi Plaatjies
Following South Africa’s democratic transition, diplomatic relations with Latin American states have experienced significant developments. Colombian and South African diplomatic relations officially commenced in 1994, and were further strengthened by the opening of the Colombian Embassy in Pretoria in 1995. Since the commencement of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Colombia, the South African government had not yet established an Embassy in Colombia; instead they had a non-resident Ambassador based in Brazil in 1996.
- Tuesday, 15 September 2015
- By Andrea Royeppen
The Deputy Minister of International Relations, Nomaindya Mfeketo recently led a South African delegation to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Conference hosted by Mauritius from 2-3 September 2015. The theme of this conference focused on the Blue Economy and discussed opportunities for cooperation around ocean energy, seaport and shipping, resource exploration, and aquaculture. As the next chair of the IORA (2017-2019), South Africa has successfully embedded itself in the area governed by the IORA. This is seen most visibly with its strong diplomatic engagement in the region. So what does membership mean for South Africa’s own blue economy ambitions outlined in Operation Phakisa?