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   13 November 2018 Issue 233 - Geostrategic Indian Ocean




18th IORA Council of Ministers

The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) was held at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on 2 November 2018 under the theme selected by South Africa for the period of its Chairmanship: “IORA: Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for Peace, Stability And Sustainable Development”.
Photo: South Africa’s High Commissioner to Mauritius Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Secretary General of IORA Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe (Jacoline Schoonees)
The Meeting was chaired by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Foreign Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and Chair of the Association. At the outset the gathering observed a moment of silence in respect of the recent tragedies of tsunami and Lion Air JT610 airplane crash in Indonesia.
In her opening remarks, the Minister affirmed that: “The geostrategic importance and profile of the Indian Ocean Region is growing rapidly, with an unprecedented focus and attention on the potential contribution that the Region can and should be making towards global security, economic growth, and sustainable development” as reflected in the theme. The Honourable Minister acknowledged the importance of IORA becoming a beacon of hope for multilateralism and regional cooperation in the world.


SA, Spain review relations

The 12th South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations, which serve as the main forum for coordinating bilateral relations between the two countries, kicked off in Spain on Monday.
Photo (l-r): Mr C E Fernandez-Arias Minuesa, Ambassador of Spain to SA, SA Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo and Mr L S Ngonyama, Ambassador of South Africa in Spain (Dirco News Service/ Katlholo Maifadi)
The consultations, which were co-chaired by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and his counterpart Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo, was an opportunity for South Africa and Spain to strengthen relations on a wide range of issues in bilateral, political and economic matters. 
These consultations focussed on key working group areas such as foreign affairs and human rights, led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and economy, energy and culture, led by the Department of Trade and Industry.
“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,” DIRCO said.

Strengthening ASEAN - SA relations

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Reginah Mhaule received a courtesy call by the Heads of Mission of the Asean Pretoria Committee (APC), led by Mr Nizan Mohamad, and presented a cash donation in conjuction with the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.
Photo:  Chad Jacinto - Consul at Philippines Embassy, Ambassador U Myint Swe of Myanmar, Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia, High Commissioner Mohamad Nizan Mohamad of Malaysia, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms eginah Mhaule, High Commissioner Thai-Keong Chua of Singapore, Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam and Ambassador Komate Kamalanavin of Thailand (Yandisa Monakali - DIRCO)
The ASEAN Heads of Mission thanked Dirco for their continued engagement and emphasized the importance of ASEAN - South Africa relations and hoped for the strenthening of these ties going forward.
High Commissioner Thai-Keong Chua of Singapore congratulated South Africa for a successful Mandela Day at the UN where Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in his address said that Madiba not only changed South Africa, he also changed the world, quoting Madiba, "Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world."


95th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey

Ms Elif Çomoglu Ulgen, Ambassador of Turkey hosted a reception at Turkish house in Pretoria, SA to celebrate Turkey's national day. 2018, said Ambassador Çomoglu Ulgen, will be remembered as a landmark year in terms of Turkey-South Africa relations. Amongst the events marking this was Turkey being invited as a BRICS PLUS partner to the BRICS Summit which was successfully hosted by the Government of South Africa and the new Embassy Premises being inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Remarks by Ms Elif Çomoglu Ulgen, Ambassador of Turkey
It is on the 29th of October in 1923 that modern Turkey was born out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, following a war of independence, where our nation fought for its very existence under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The 9th Annual GBR World Congress for Trade & Investment

The Global Business Roundtable (GBR) is hosting its 9th Annual World Congress for Trade and Investment. The 9th GBR World Congress aims to provide an unparalleled global platform where leaders and decision makers from all sectors address ways in which global economic growth and equitable distribution of wealth and resources can occur. Central to the high-level discussions is Africa’s positioning and participation, which will effectively advance the economic development agenda of the continent.
Photo: Mr Sipho Mseleku is the Executive Chairman of Sakhumnotho Group Holdings. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Global Business Roundtable
The diverse and content-rich programme caters for big corporates, public sector, SMMEs, technical and financial partners wishing to explore trade and investment opportunities through various types of partnership models including, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The event aims to attract representatives from over 100 nations, for meaningful dialogue through high-level plenary sessions. Plenary sessions are designed to bring diverse perspectives and practical solutions to the issues raised by industry, government and private sector representatives.
The event will include a fully-fledged exhibition and trade fair where government, private sector, development financiers, state owned entities, trade and investment agencies, chambers of commerce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other parties of interest, can showcase and demonstrate their goods, cutting-edge products and services to a global audience.
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Kenya-South Africa Visa Review


On behalf of the KEDASA (Kenyan Diaspora in South Africa) Executive Committee, its members and the entire Kenyan Diaspora in South Africa, we welcome the move to scrap short-term visa requirements for Kenyans and the easing of visa application rules and entry conditions for business community and academia traveling to South Africa.
We applaud the Government of Kenya and South Africa for this milestone achievement and take this opportunity to congratulate HE. Ambassador Jean Kamau and her team for working hand in hand with the Department of Home Affairs to make this landmark achievement.
In this new era of integrations, this move will improve trade, skill and technology transfer between the two nations for mutual benefit.
Following the historic signing of the African Continental Free Trade agreement in Kigali, in March this year, Africa has become the world’s largest trade area.

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Egypt honors Nelson Mandela’s grandson at WYF

The second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) kicked off on November 3rd, 2018, in the city of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, under the auspices of H.E. President of the Republic, Abdelfatah Al-Sisi, with the participation of around 5000 prominent young people of 163 nationalities, and a strong presence by South African youth. The legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela was honored in a special ceremony that coincides with the centenary celebrations of his birth.
Madiba's grandson, Zondwa Mandela, said in the inauguration last Saturday that "Egypt has once again returned to the African continent to support its unity and unanimity, Egypt is going in the right direction, and my heart is always with Egypt."
Zondwa also shared his views about the WYF saying "this forum is a wonderful achievement, it is an opportunity for youth to exchange their views, youth are the cornerstone of any country.” Zondwa also stressed on the importance of cooperation between African countries and youth to fight and counter terrorism and extremism.
On Monday, November 5th, 2018, President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi honored Zondwa Mandela during the closing session of the Model Arab- African Summit.
During the session Mandela’s grandson said "The honoring by President Al-Sisi is a recognition of an icon like Nelson Mandela. This award appreciates Mandela's contributions to the international community."
Egypt Ambassador to South Africa, Sherif Issa said "WYF is a very enriching experience, it endeavours to promote people-to-people dialogue. This year, the WYF witnessed unprecedented participation from South African Youth leadership figures."







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