South Africa-Russia ITEC on tomorrow

SA' Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, and Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, on November 18, 2016 in Pretoria. Photo : DIRCO ZA

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The 15th Session of the annual South Africa-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) is set to commence tomorrow in Russia.

The one-day 15th ITEC Meeting is a result of a bilateral agreement that was signed in 1999 and revived in 2002 with the objective of broadening and deepening relations between the two countries.

The 15th ITEC Meeting will focus on investment, trade, banking cooperation, mineral resources, agriculture, justice, forestry and fisheries, water resources, science, technology and space, as well as higher education.

“We are putting all our efforts in supporting President Ramaphosa’s investment drive to reach a target of $100bn as soon as possible,” said the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu upon arriving in Russia today where she will co-chair the 15th Session of the annual South Africa-Russia ITEC with the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, H.E. Dmitry Kobylkin.

“Russia and South Africa has deep diplomatic and historic ties. We believe there is more that can be done in trade; we can export a number of our agricultural products. We can also build partnerships on water and agricultural technology, and education and skills development.”

The main focus of the South African delegation is to build partnership and identify investment opportunities to grow the country’s economy and create jobs.

On the margins of the recently held 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, the two countries (South Africa and Russia) signed two agreements/memorandum on co-operation in the fields of agriculture and water resources.

Minister Sisulu is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting with her counterpart, H.E. Mr Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

She will also lay wreaths at the Cenotaphs of the late veterans and freedom fighters, Mr Moses Kotane and Mr JB Marks.

The two heroes were buried in Moscow and had since been repatriated and reburied in South Africa.

Before departing for South Africa, Minister Sisulu will also deliver a lecture on South Africa’s foreign policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Sisulu is accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, and senior officials from the Departments of Trade and Industry, Mineral Resources, Science and Technology, Water and Sanitation, Communications, Transport, Justice, and Mineral Resources.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)