The Conference of the Heads of Missions of the Czech Republic in Sub-Saharan Africa
The participants of the Conference of the Heads of Missions of the Czech Republic in Sub-Saharan Africa,
First/lower row from left to right: Ms. Blanka Fajkusova: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Pretoria; Mr. Martin Tlapa: Deputy Minister for Non-European Countries and Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Mrs. Michaela Fronkova: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Rabat, accredited to Mauritania; Mrs. Lenka Pokorna: CDA, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Dakar; Ms. Jindra Vysinkova: Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union, Czech delegate in the COAFR (Working Group on Africa); Mrs. Nicol Adamcova: Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Czech Republic in South Africa
Second row from left to right:
Mr. Michal Jerabek: Department of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Mr. Ivan Jancarek: Director General for Non-European Countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Mr. Karel Hejc: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Addis Ababa; Mr. Pavel Mikes: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Abuja; Mr. Jaroslav Siro: Deputy Director, Department of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Third row from left to right:
Mr. Miloslav Machalek: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Accra; Mr. Martin Vavra: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Algier, accredited to Mali; Mr. Petr Stary: CDA, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Harare; Mr. Stanislav Kazecky: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Lisbon, accredited to Cape Verde; Mr. Milan Slanec: Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Cairo, accredited for Sudan and Mr. David Pavlita: CDA, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Nairobi
8 November 2014
The Heads of Missions of the Czech Republic in Sub-Saharan Africa met in Pretoria over the weekend of November 8 – 9, 2014 to discuss cooperation of the Czech Republic with African countries in the mid-term period. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of relations with African countries. Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic strongly supported the struggle of African nations for independence. Relations with Africa form an integral part of the Czech foreign policy.
The Czech Republic, a Central European country of 10 million people, has got effective Embassies in 7 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Zimbabwe. The Czech Republic recognizes great human potential of the dynamic African continent. The Czech Heads of Missions highlighted opportunities brought by the successful EU – Africa Summit in Brussels in April 2014. They also discussed challenges that European and African countries must tackle together, including the recent outbreak of Ebola in the West African region. The Czech Republic has supported the field work of Medicins-sans-frontières, provided in-kind assistance (personal protective suits, gloves, glasses, body transportation bags) and contributed to the UN Ebola Trust Fund.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr Luwellyn Landers meeting with Deputy Minister Martin Tlapa from the Czech Republic at the Johnny Makatini Guesthouse, Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: Jacoline Schoonees
On November 9, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Tlapa held regular bilateral consultations with his counterpart, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa and the 25th anniversary of the democratic changes in the Czech Republic. Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic strongly supported the struggle against the South African regime of apartheid. Deputy Foreign Ministers Landers and Tlapa reviewed bilateral relations between South Africa and the Czech Republic. They discussed further enhancement of political and economic cooperation between the countries. South Africa is the largest economic partner of the Czech Republic in Africa. Mutual trade turnover increased tenfold over the last 10 years, in 2013 the turnover reached 784,6 mil. The Deputy Foreign Ministers explored possibilities of cooperation in education and skills development. Recognizing the advanced state of research and development in both countries, they also highlighted opportunities of cooperation in science and technology. Mr. Landers and Mr. Tlapa also discussed multilateral and global governance issues, e.g. South Africa – EU and Africa – EU Partnerships and post-2015 development agenda.