Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nkosazana Dlamini - Zuma to launch the South Africa-Senegal Joint Commission for Bilateral Commission

By Anele Siwa
30 April 2008

South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today host her Senegalese counterpart Foreign Minister Cheick Tidiane Gadio, for the launch of the South Africa – Senegal Joint Commission for Bilateral Commission (JCBC) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“Minister Dlamini Zuma will co-chair this session of the South Africa – Senegal (JCBC) within the context of South Africa’s priority to strengthen bilateral political, economic and trade relations between the two countries with a view to consolidating the African developmental agenda”, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

Mamoepa says to having cordial and fraternal relations, South Africa and Senegal cooperate on a wide range of issues, both bilaterally and on multilateral arenas.

Both South Africa and Senegal are members of the NEPAD Steering Committee and work closely on issues affecting the African continent.

According to Mamoepa this first session of the South Africa – Senegal (JCBC) is expected to, among others classify possible areas of co-operation between the two countries, with particular focus on the following issues:
· Agriculture
· Arts & Culture
· Defence
· Environment and Tourism
· Minerals and Energy
· Transport
· Trade & Industry
· Women Empowerment
· Youth
· Finance (remittances)
· Communications
· Education
· Health
· Sports and Recreation

Senegal is one of the most economically developed states in the West African region, with relatively good physical infrastructure, a relatively diverse industrial sector and a well-educated and skilled work force.

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