Boost­ing re­la­tions with Czech Re­pub­lic

The Independent on Saturday - - NATION -

SOUTH Africa’s Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Luwellyn Lan­ders, hosted his Czech Re­pub­lic coun­ter­part, Martin Tlapa, for po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions yes­ter­day.

The con­sul­ta­tions fo­cused on trade and in­vest­ment, tourism, de­fence co-op­er­a­tion and sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion (Dirco) said.

The last round of po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions took place in Prague in November 2016 when Lan­ders was hosted by Tlapa with the aim of strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. Co-op­er­a­tion in the field of trade and in­vest­ment, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, de­fence and ed­u­ca­tion was also dis­cussed.

The most re­cent high-level visit be­tween the two coun­tries was the official visit to South Africa by the Czech Deputy De­fence Min­is­ter, Pavel Beran, in Septem­ber this year.

It is ex­pected this year’s con- sul­ta­tions will fo­cus on en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral co-op­er­a­tion and reach­ing agree­ment on ways of in­creas­ing for­eign direct in­vest­ment in South Africa and South African value-added ex­ports to the Czech Re­pub­lic.

Full diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween South Africa and the Czech Re­pub­lic were es­tab­lished in July 1991.

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