SA-Ghana memorandum signing on the cards

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pretoria - Two memorandums on strengthening ties between Ghana and South Africa are likely to be signed at the second session of the two countries' Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation (PJCC) next week.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is due to co-chair the PJCC alongside Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, scheduled for Tuesday through to Thursday in Accra, Ghana.

It is envisaged that the memorandum of understanding on co-operation in the foreign relations field between the two governments the memorandum on co-operation in the fields of arts and culture will be signed at the commission.

Both South Africa and Ghana have contributed to peacekeeping missions on the continent.

The PJCC was established in May 2007 as a structured mechanism seeking to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and to consolidate the African agenda.

The minister will be accompanied by High Commissioner Zodwa Lallie as well as representatives from the ministries of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Energy; Communications, Science and Technology; Police; Defence and Military Veterans; Arts and Culture as well as Trade and Industry.

While in Ghana, Nkoana-Mashabane is also due to give a lecture at the Cape Coast University.

Trade between the two countries has grown with South African exports growing from less than R1 billion in 1998 to over R3 billion in 2008.

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