South Africa pleased on South Africa/Spain relations

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers. Photo : RR

Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is pleased with the recognition it is getting from Spain.

This follows a visit by the South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, who undertook an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain where he co-chairs the 12th South Africa- Spain Annual Consultations with his counterpart, the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo.

“The Spanish government views South Africa as an important and essential role player in Africa and as such, South Africa is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa with which Spain has a structured bilateral engagement,” said DIRCO in a statement.

The Spanish Government views South Africa as an important and essential role player in Africa, and as such, South Africa is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa with which Spain has a structured bilateral engagement.

According to media reports on the trade front, Spain is one of South Africa’s major trading partners in the European Union and in 2016, the overall volume of trade amounted to R32.3 billion, with imports amounting to R19.5 billion and exports amounting to R12.8 billion.

It is also believed that there are 100 Spanish companies that have invested in South Africa and they are estimated to have created over 12 000 jobs largely in renewable energy and metals sectors.

The Annual Consultations are divided into Working Groups, namely: Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; and Economy, Energy and Culture, led by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are serviced through the South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations held at Deputy Ministerial level and anchored through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2000.

The last Annual Consultations were held in South Africa on 28 -29 September 2017, co-chaired by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Ildefonso Castro López.

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