South Africa and Uruguay share numerous strategic priorities

1 June 2022

Ambassador Jose Luis Rivas of Uruguay hosted a reception for the Inaugural South African – Uruguay Political Consultation Mechanism. Pictured (l-r) Jose Luis Rivas, Ambassador of Uruguay to SA, Carolina Ache Batlle, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and Ambassador Mzolisa Bona of Dirco (photo:TDS)

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Mr Alvin Botes, and his counterpart, Ms Carolina Ache Batlle, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, co-chaired the inaugural South African – Uruguay Political Consultations on 31 May 2022, in Pretoria. South Africa took note of the impressive achievement of Uruguay in energy security in the last 10 years with 97% of the country’s electricity coming from renewable energy. The Parties agreed to facilitate investment and technical cooperation in renewable energy and the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Joint Communiqué on the Inaugural Meeting of the South Africa – Uruguay Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

South Africa and Uruguay successfully hosted the Inaugural Meeting of the Bilateral Consultations Mechanism (BCM) on 31 May 2022. The meeting was co-chaired by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Alvin Botes, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Ms Carolina Ache Batlle.

Importantly, the co-chairs noted that the shared values of a commitment to democracy, human rights, peaceful resolution of conflicts, sustainable development and multilateralism provide a solid foundation for strengthening of the sound and cordial relations between the two countries.

The Parties noted that the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) in 2015 and the inaugural meeting of the BCM will give momentum to SA-Uruguay relations and determine priorities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries.

The Parties further noted that the meeting took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has presented the global community with unprecedented health and socio-economic challenges. The parties stressed the importance of global solidarity and a coordinated global response to these challenges through bilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation.

During the meeting, the Parties agreed that both countries share numerous strategic priorities, such as equitable and sustainable growth and competitiveness of their economies to overcome challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality and to enhance the competitiveness of their economies.

The parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in the following sectors: agribusiness, defence and defence industries, minerals and energy (especially renewable energy), social development, sport, software development, and trade and investment.

On agribusiness, the parties agreed to facilitate trade, investment and technical cooperation.

On defence and defence industries, the two parties agreed to finalise the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence and to facilitate opportunities for defence industry trade and technical cooperation.

On mineral and energy cooperation - South Africa took note of the impressive achievement of Uruguay in energy security in the last 10 years with 97% of the country’s electricity coming from renewable energy. The Parties agreed to facilitate investment and technical cooperation in renewable energy and the exchange of knowledge and best practices. South Africa encouraged Uruguay to consider investment o