Deputy min­is­ter in In­dia to pro­mote SA

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Deputy Min­is­ter Regi­nah Mhaule used meet­ings with In­dia’s busi­ness sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives and think tanks to pro­mote South Africa as a desti­na­tion for trade, in­vest­ment and tourism, and to ad­vance the coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy ob­jec­tives. Her of­fi­cial visit to In­dia be­gan on Thurs­day.

She also at­tended the Raisina Di­a­logue in New Delhi. The di­a­logue is In­dia’s flag­ship con­fer­ence of geopol­i­tics and geoe­co­nomics and at­tracts high-level par­tic­i­pants from all over the world an­nu­ally.

The theme for this year’s con­fer­ence is “A World Re­order: New Ge­ome­tries, Fluid Part­ner­ships, Un­cer­tain Out­comes”.

The African con­ti­nent re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus dur­ing the con­fer­ence and Mhaule utilised the plat­form to high­light the key is­sues of South Africa’s for­eign pol­icy, in­clud­ing ad­vanc­ing the African agenda, re­gional in­te­gra­tion and peace-build­ing.

Mhaule en­gaged with her In­dian coun­ter­part, the In­dian min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs, VK Singh. Their meet­ing fo­cused on is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est, such as fur­ther en­hanc­ing the trade and com­mer­cial re­la­tion­ship, grow­ing for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment and part­ner­ing in ar­eas ben­e­fi­cial for both coun­tries, such as skills ex­change.

The two coun­tries share a vi­sion on a range of is­sues and closely co-op­er­ate in mul­ti­lat­eral fo­rums such as Brics, Ibsa (In­dia Brazil South Africa Di­a­logue Fo­rum), G20 and Iora (In­dian Ocean Rim As­so­ci­a­tion).

Mum­bai used the meet­ings to pro­mote South Africa as a desti­na­tion for trade, in­vest­ment and tourism, and to ad­vance for­eign pol­icy ob­jec­tives.

The two coun­tries en­joy a strate­gic part­ner­ship and bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are an­chored by a shared his­tory of friend­ship and sol­i­dar­ity. Last year, the two coun­tries cel­e­brated 25 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions. The meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the mar­gins of the Brics sum­mit in July served to fur­ther em­pha­sise the im­por­tant na­ture of the re­la­tion­ship in en­hanc­ing the na­tional ob­jec­tives of both coun­tries. Ramaphosa is also ex­pected to pay a state visit to In­dia later this month.

JACOLINE SCHOONEES DNS

DEPUTY Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Regi­nah Mhaule with the pres­i­dent of the Ob­server Re­search Foun­da­tion, Samir Saran, cen­tre, and For­eign Sec­re­tary Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Vi­jay Gokhale. |

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