SA Ethiopia relations to be bolstered

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pretoria - Relations between South Africa and Ethiopia are expected to be given a boost when the two countries meet for their second Joint Ministerial Meeting in that country on Tuesday.

The meeting, which will be attended by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will be preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting attended by senior officials from various departments including Trade and Industry, Transport, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Tourism.

The two countries have already entered into a number of bilateral agreements that will establish a regulatory framework to facilitate political, economic and social interactions between the two countries.

"South Africa views Ethiopia as a strategic partner on the African continent at both bilateral and multilateral levels," said the department.

Total trade between the two countries is currently standing at R302 million and is growing.