South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Monday concluded her five-day official visit to Switzerland by officially opening a trade investment road show organized by the Embassy themed, “Business Opportunities in SA,” in Zug.
Minister Dlamini Zuma visited Switzerland within the context of South Africa’s priority to strengthen relations with countries of the North with a view to consolidating the African development agenda.
In this regard, Dlamini Zuma, while in Switzerland visited Berne and Geneva where she held discussions with President Pascal Couchepin, the current President of Switzerland, her Swiss counterpart, Foreign Minister of the Swiss Federation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Geneva based Human Rights Council, Louise Arbour.
Dlamini Zuma and Micheline Calmy-Rey reiterated their commitment to consolidate and strengthen bilateral political, economic and trade relations between the two countries with a view to giving expression to the status bestowed by Switzerland on South Africa as its most strategic partner outside the European Union.
Both Ministers also agreed to maintain trilateral co-operation in third African countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Both countries would also consider other countries in which trilateral co-operation projects could be implemented.
The two ministers co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strengthening Mutua l Cooperation through a Joint Working Group including a Joint Committee on Trade and Economic Relations. Panapress.