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SA and Spain review relations

13 November 2018

The 12th South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations, which serve as the main forum for coordinating bilateral relations between the two countries, kicked off in Spain on Monday.

Photo (l-r): Mr C E Fernandez-Arias Minuesa, Ambassador of Spain to SA, SA Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo and Mr L S Ngonyama, Ambassador of South Africa in Spain (Dirco News Service/ Katlholo Maifadi)

The consultations, which were co-chaired by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and his counterpart Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo, was an opportunity for South Africa and Spain to strengthen relations on a wide range of issues in bilateral, political and economic matters.  

These consultations focussed on key working group areas such as foreign affairs and human rights, led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and economy, energy and culture, led by the Department of Trade and Industry.

“The Spanish government views South Africa as an important and essential role player in Africa and as such, South Africa is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa with which Spain has a structured bilateral engagement,” DIRCO said.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are serviced through the South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations held at Deputy Ministerial level and anchored through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2000.

On the trade front, Spain is one of South Africa’s major trading partners in the European Union.

In 2016, the overall volume of trade amounted to R32.3 billion, with imports amounting to R19.5 billion and exports amounting to R12.8 billion.

There are 100 Spanish companies that have invested in South Africa and they are estimated to have created over 12 000 jobs largely in renewable energy and metals sectors.



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