Pakistan and South Africa deepen bilateral relations
Visit of Rana Tanveer Hussain, Pakistani Minister for Defence Production, to South Africa
31 March 2015
During a detailed delegation level meeting in Pretoria, Federal Minister for Defence Production of Pakistan, Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussein, who is currently on a 5-day visit to South Africa, discussed bilateral economic, defence and trade relations with the Deputy Minister of South African Department of Defence, Hon. Kebby Maphatsoe. Referring to Pakistan’s “Vision-2025” and “Look Africa” policy, Minister Rana Tanveer Hussein reiterated Pakistan's desire to enhance bilateral relations in different fields. In this regard, the Minister emphasized the need to having frequent interaction at the top political level.
In response, Kebby Maphatsoe expressed satisfaction over the steady pace of strengthening bilateral relations. Referring to the 4th Joint Commission held between the two countries, in Pretoria, in November 2014, he assured the Minister of all possible support from all concerned Departments of South Africa for deepening relations between the two countries.
At the South African Department of Defence (Armscor), the Chairman of Armscor, Vice Admiral (R) Refiloe Mudimu received the Minister for an in-depth briefing on the working and dynamics of his Organization. In response, Minister Rana Tanveer Hussein briefed the top brass of Armscor on the “tremendous opportunities” Pakistan offers especially in the area of defence production. Chairman Mudimu visited Pakistan as the Naval Chief of South Africa in 2014.
Minister Rana Tanveer Hussein’s invitation to visit Pakistan at mutually convenient dates was accepted by both the South African Deputy Minister of Defence and the Chairman Armscor.
Later in the day, the Pakistan delegation was received by the CEO of Denel SOC Ltd, a state-owned defence production company. The delegation held fruitful discussions on the ongoing as well as future cooperation in the defence production field and also witnessed various defence related facilities at the Denel Headquarters.
During the rest of his visit, Minister Rana Tanveer Hussein is scheduled to meet with key members of South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry and prominent members of Pakistan Business Community besides interaction with Representatives of around 100,000 strong Pakistani Community based in South Africa. He will be the Chief Guest at tomorrow’s Seminar on “Economic and Trade Prospects of Pakistan”. The Seminar will be participated by, among others, prominent South African businessmen, investors and traders.
Federal Minister for Defence Production, Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussein arrived in Johannesburg on 29 March on a 5-day visit to South Africa. He is accompanied by the Chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Officials of the Ministry for Defence Production.
High Commission for Pakistan, South Africa