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APEC Vietnam 2017: Opportunities for Integration and Cooperation

24 October 2017

Vietnam will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next month under the theme: “creating new dynamism, fostering a shared future”. APEC is one of the most significant economic fora in the region.

Final preparations are under way to host APEC in the central city of Vietnam. The meetings will be attended by leaders, businessmen and journalists from 21 member countries along the Pacific Ring, whose economies account for nearly 60 percent of global GDP.

Four strategic priorities have been set for this year’s event, including promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; deepening regional economic integration; strengthening MSMEs’ competitiveness and innovation in the digital age; and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change. Therefore, the event would bring about great opportunities for member economies to further realise their potentials and help to maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity.

Photo: H.E. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 23rd Minister Responsible For Trade Meeting in Hanoi Vietnam, 20-21 May 2017

This will be the second time for the Southeast Asia country to play host to APEC, which spells its increasing importance on the global arena and its consistent policy of economic integration into the most vibrant region in the world. Decades ago, Vietnamese post-war economy was ravaged by poverty with a major part of its population living under poverty line.


Panama hosts World Maritime Day Parallel Event

23 October 2017

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and The Ministry of Maritime Affairs of Panama hosted The World Maritime Day Parallel Event where member states converged at the world class Maritime Hub, Panama City to share information on opportunities and best practices in the maritime sector.

Photo: Minister of Maritime of Panama Jorge Bakarat, SA Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, Ambassador of Panama Jacob Dominguez and the Maritime Delagation from SA

South African Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga attended the event. She was accompanied by a South African Maritime Delegation which included the National Department of Transport, the Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA), TRANSNET's National Ports Authority (NPA), and The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA).


OR Tambo statue greets international visitors

23 October 2017

President Jacob Zuma has paid tribute to struggle hero Oliver Tambo by unveiling a statue constructed in his honour at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni.

“The installation of this statue at the international arrivals hall of this airport is especially fitting as it was to this airport that OR Tambo would return in 1990 after 30 years in exile - finally, to be greeted by his own people,” said President Zuma.

(Photo: GCIS)

The 2.5 metre bronze statue is situated at the international arrivals section of the airport, so international visitors will be greeted by the longest serving ANC President upon arrival to South Africa.

Domestic travellers will also be able to see the statue as they navigate to the domestic terminals.


Egypt Defence office in SA Celebrates the 44th anniversary of October 1973

23 October 2017

On Thursday October 19, 2017, The Egyptian Defence Office in Pretoria, South Africa, held the celebration of the 44th anniversary of the glorious victory of the Egyptian Armed Forces war in October, 1973.

Photo: Defence Attaché and Head of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt – Defence Office: Staff Colonel Hazem Elshenwy, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt: H.E. Ambassador Sherif Issa and Assistant Defence Attaché: Major Mostafa Abdelaziz

The celebration was held in the presence of the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in South Africa, Ambassador "Sherif Issa", Ambassadors and representatives of Diplomatic Corps in South Africa and members of the Military Attachés Association, in addition to members of the Egyptian House of Representatives, members of the African Parliament "Hatem Bachat" and "Salah Afifi", figures and members of the Egyptian community in South Africa, leaders of the South African defense forces as well as Egyptian Soccer Player Amr Gamal who plays for the South African Football Club Bidvest Wits.


17th Meeting of IORA

A total of US$50 000 is to be allocated to projects in support of African oceans economy projects under the 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy.

“A country’s foreign policy is firmly premised on its domestic priorities, hence, as South Africa, we expect great dividends from linking Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Blue Economy to our domestic Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative,” Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said.

Photo: SA Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addressing the 17th Meeting of IORA (DIRCO)

She was addressing the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was held in Durban.

During the council meeting South Africa assumed the Chair of IORA. "We also welcome the UAE as the incoming Vice Chair, and we look forward to a productive period together as Chair and Vice Chair.  We committed ourselves to ensuring a coordinated and consultative approach going forward," said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.


Korea National Day 2017

20 October 2017

HE Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi of the Republic of Korea hosted a national day and armed forces day reception on 27 September 2017.

In his remarks Ambassador Choi noted that he is coming to the end of his posting in South Africa and this is the last national day he is hosting here.

Photo: Minister Counsellor Seon Cheol Park - Deputy HOM, Mrs. Juha Yoo -Spouse of Minister Park, H.E. Yeon ho Choi - Ambassador of the Republic of Koreaea, H.E. Ms. Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga - SA Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Youngja Shim - Spouse of Ambassador, Mrs. Kyunghwa Kim - Spouse of Commander Kim and Commander Junghun Kim - Defense Attache (credit: Embassy of the Republic of Korea)

The Embassy band, the Jacaranda Band in collaboration with the South African K-pop winners entertained guests and Janelle Mangwanda, this year’s winner of the Korea Essay Contest was the programme director.

The 1st of December marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and South Africa. 


GHANAFEST SA 2017 - A resounding success

20 October 2017

A bird's eye view of the Magnolia Dell Park in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday, 7th October 2017, was characterized by the colorful splendor of rich Ghanaian culture and regalia, music and traditional performances.

The 7th edition of Ghanafest South Africa was the ‘showstopper’ event of the Gauteng Province on that day. Teeming crowds of Ghanaians, South Africans and other nationals trooped to the park to be a part of the celebration of the rich heritage of Ghana. Indeed Ghana was on display on that day, and left its indelible foot prints on the psyche of all present.

His Excellency Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, Ghana's High Commissioner to South Africa, welcomed guests to the event in a brief speech, which aroused the expectations of the crowd, an expectation which was fully satisfied by the end of the event. He also called on all Ghanaians to own the Ghanafest event, as a flagship programme in South Africa, with a multi-faceted purpose of promoting Ghana's culture, trade and entertainment potential.


Russian heroes honoured

12 October 2017

At a ceremony to hand over names of Russians who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for South Africa, Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhael Ivanovich Petrakov said that he was impressed by Freedom Park. It is here that the lives of people who fought for non racialism, peace and justice are celebrated.

Photo: Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhail Ivanovich Petrakov and Freedom Park CEO Jane Mufamadi

Ambassador Petrakov handed over 67 names which will be inscribed into the Wall of Names at Freedom Park as part of the 120,000 people honoured for their sacrifice.

Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park said that the contributions of Russia assisted South Africa in its liberation and in the emancipation of the African voice.


Building Bridges between Europe and Asia: Dr Kiril Avramov  


The New Bulgarian University (NBU) is one of Bulgaria’s top-ranked universities at the heart of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. This month Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society, Srimal Fernando was pleased to interview Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University.

Photo: Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University 

Previously Dr Avramov was the Director of the international consultancy and research institute “Political Capital” in Bulgaria and later at their headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. He was a former Fulbright Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at the University of Austin in Texas (U.S.). Dr Avramov’s main research interests are concentrated in the areas of political elites, political economy, political extremism, electoral systems and political communication. During the interview Dr Avramov shared his insights on a variety of topics.



AU needs active participation to advance Africa

10 October 2017

The African Union (AU) needs solid support from its member states and organs to help the continent achieve political and economic integration.

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Monday said the commitment and enthusiasm shown by members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) was encouraging, and a sure sign that Africa would meet its development targets.

The Minister was addressing the fifth ordinary session of the PAP, which is attended by member states of the AU. The session opened in Midrand, Gauteng, on Monday under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments with the youth’.



Tango Spectacular Rodolfo Mederos Trio in South Africa

10 October 2017

Tango legend Rodolfo Mederos from Argentina will be delighting South African music lovers with his trio this month.

Mederos is a bandoneonist, composer and arranger. As a young man he was captivated by fellow bandoneonist and composer Ástor Piazzolla. He played with Piazzolla for several years before joining the Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra, alongside other young musicians.

In 1976 he put together a new group, Generación Cero, which was part of the modern current of tango, inaugurated in 1970.

The group attracted a cult following and made Mederos a tango icon. From then on his works reached a widespread recognition, and Mederos artistic personality grew and achieved public acclaim, especially abroad.

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