Deputy Minister Padayachie to lead South African delegation to the SA–Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation
Pretoria – South African Deputy Minister of Communications, Roy Padayachie will, today, Thursday, 21 August 2008 depart for Mozambique, where he will lead a South African government delegation to the Fifth Session of the South Africa-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission for Co-operation (JPCC).
South Africa's participation in the fifth session of the South Africa-Mozambique JPCC comes within the context of its commitment to consolidate bilateral political and economic relations with Mozambique as part of overall efforts to consolidate the African Agenda.
In this regard, discussions during the JPCC will focus among others on:
* trade and industry issues
* science and technology
* energy issues
* environmental and tourism issues
* transport and communication
* cross border co-operation
* security issues
* health, education and development of human resources; and
* institutional development.
Since the establishment of the JPCC in 1994, substantial progress has been made as evidenced by the signing of 42 agreements that cover issues of trade, energy, migration, transport, tourism, science and technology, labour, arts and culture, etc.
Bilateral Economic Relations
South Africa is one of Mozambique's important economic partners. South Africa accounts for about 40% of Mozambican imports. In 2007, total exports by South Africa to Mozambique were valued at over R8 billion. South Africa imported goods from Mozambique to the value at over R2 billion in the same period.
South Africa-Mozambique trade statistics (in ZAR)
South African Exports: 5 676 203 000.00
South African Imports: 280 806 000.00
South African Exports: 5 077 739 000.00
South African Imports: 204 845 000.00
South African Exports: 6 402 557 000.00
South African Imports: 199 282 000.00
South African Exports: 6 240 445 000.00
South African Imports: 318 590 000.00
South African Exports: 8 163 657 000.00
South African Imports: 2 252 974 000.00
The implementation of five Spatial Development Initiatives (SDIs), which are the Maputo Development Corridor, the Beira SDI, the Limpopo Valley SDI, the Zambezi Valley SDI as well as the Nacala Development Corridor also gave impetus to increased economic activity between the two countries. Some of these SDIs are at an advanced stage of implementation.
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Issued by: Department of Foreign Affairs
21 August 2008