Kazakhstan – Atyrau Airport

20 October 2022

On Arrival at the Atyrau Airport ahead of The opening ceremony of the Executive MBA program in Women Leadership in the Energy Sector at the Atyrau Oil & Gas University in Kazakhstan on 21 Oct 2022

Atyrau Oil & Gas University in Kazakhstan is set to Launch the Executive MBA program in Women Leadership in the Energy Sector on 21 October 2022.

Ms. Ndileka Mandela, eldest Granddaughter of former late President Nelson Mandela will be a special guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the Executive MBA program Women Leadership in Energy Sector at Atyrau Oil & Gas University in Kazakhstan on 21 Oct 2022.

The Atyrau University of Oil and Gas is the only specialized higher educational institution of the Republic of Kazakhstan of Oil and Gas profile in the proximity of the largest oil and gas fields in Western Kazakhstan.

The history of the Atyrau University of Oil and Gas dates back to 1959, when an educational and consulting center of the All-Union Correspondence Polytechnic Institute was opened in the city of Guryev (now Atyrau). This marked the beginning of the training of highly qualified oil workers in Kazakhstan.

Atyrau is the leading region in the production of the oil and gas in Kazakhstan

The Diplomatic Informer Magazine will attending the grand opening ceremony of the Executive MBA program in Women Leadership in the Energy Sector at the Atyrau Oil and Gas university in Kazakhstan.

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International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Mr Alvin Botes receives the Jubilee Award presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr Kanat Tumysh, in Pretoria

19 October 2022

South Africa and Kazakhstan established full diplomatic relations on 5 March 1992. The resident South African Embassy was first established in December 2003 in Almaty; but in 2008, the Embassy relocated to Astana, thereafter Nur-Sultan in 2019. In December 2013, Kazakhstan opened a residential Embassy in Pretoria.

South Africa’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan is H.E Ms KST Matthews, and H.E Mr Kanat Tumysh has been Ambassador to South Africa since 12 July 2019.

South African-Kazakh relations are strong and have been growing steadily since 1992, with focus on the promotion of cooperation in the economic, political, military-technical, humanitarian areas, among many others.

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Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini begins three-nation tour of the Central Africa Region

19 October 2022

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where she began her three-nation tour of the Central Africa region.

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Ms Mashego-Dlamini had a tête-à-tête with Equatorial Guinea Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Simeón Oyono Esono Angue, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea is first in Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini’s three-nation tour of the Central Africa region. The visit is aimed at strengthening political, diplomatic, trade and investment relations between South Africa and the three countries.

South Africa and Equatorial Guinea have agreed on the need to strengthen South-South cooperation and inter-Africa cooperation and trade, especially in light of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

The two countries have committed themselves to work together to champion Africa’s quest for peace and stability in line with the collective vision encapsulated in the AU’s Agenda 2063.

At the conclusion of her visit to Equatorial Guinea, the Deputy Minister will proceed to Gabon and Cameroon.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) for a State Visit

Photo: HE President Cyril Ramaphosa and HE President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic/Western Sahara

18 October 2022

President Ramaphosa to host President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic for a State Visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will host President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) for a State Visit on 18 October 2022 in Pretoria.

The visit aims to strengthen the already existing good political relations fortified by the strong historical ties dating back from the years of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

The two Presidents will exchange views on recent developments related to the question of Western Sahara, including the mobilization of regional, continental and international support toward finding a sustainable resolution to the Western Sahara conflict in line with the provisions of the 1991 Ceasefire Agreement.

In 2019, South Africa hosted a Solidarity Conference for the region’s support of self-determination.

The South African government remains concerned about the impasse in a dialogue toward finding a lasting solution that will provide for the self-determination of the people of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in line with the relevant AU and UN resolutions and the objectives and principles of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

South Africa remains steadfast in its support for the Saharawi people and continues to provide humanitarian and material support to alleviate the harsh living conditions that they have continued to suffer.

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President of The Sahara Arab Democratic Republic H.E. Mr Brahim Ghali visit South Africa

Photo: President of The Sahara Arab Democratic Republic H.E. Mr Brahim Ghali upon arrival at Waterkloof Airforce Base

Photo: President of The Sahara Arab Democratic Republic H.E. Mr Brahim Ghali upon arrival at Waterkloof Airforce Base, welcomed by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms K Ntshavheni, Pretoria.

17 October 2022

President of The Sahara Arab Democratic Republic H.E. Mr Brahim Ghali arrival at Waterkloof Airforce Base, welcomed by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms K Ntshavheni, Pretoria.

President Ghali is on a State Visit to South Africa from 17-21 October 2022, and is scheduled to meet with the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, 18 October 2002 to discuss relations between 🇿🇦 and 🇪🇭, and latest developments in Western Sahara.

In 2019, South Africa hosted a Solidarity Conference for the region’s support of self-determination.

The South African government remains concerned about the impasse in a dialogue toward finding a lasting solution that will provide for the self-determination of the people of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in line with the relevant AU and UN resolutions and the objectives and principles of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

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Photo Credit: Yandisa Monakali/DIRCO

President Cyril Ramaphosa concludes his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, and was hosted in Jeddah by Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

Photo Credit: Presidency

16 Oct 2022

South Africa and Saudi Arabia cements relations as President Ramaphosa concludes State Visit President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Sunday 16 October 2022, concluded his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia confident that both countries have cemented their continued bilateral cooperation and consolidated their strategic partnership.

President Ramaphosa visited the Kingdom at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness (HRH) King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and was hosted in Jeddah by HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud on 15-16 October 2022.

President Ramaphosa has set a clear agenda of growing economic ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the visit afforded him an opportunity to advance previous discussions on investment and collaboration in identified priority sectors, notably agriculture, defence, energy, and transport, with the Kingdom.

The President applauded the 17 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) as testimony to the real success the two countries are seeking to achieve.

“Having started in 2018 with a commitment by Saudi Arabia to invest 10 billion dollars into the South African economy, in many ways was planting the seed and that seed has been germinating and thus far one billion dollars has been invested in South Africa through a company called ACWA Power”, said President Ramaphosa.

To this end, the two countries signed memoranda of understandings (MoUs) in various fields at a welcome ceremony held at the Saudi Arabia Royal Court in Jeddah.

President Ramaphosa and HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud witnessed the exchange of these MoUs between ministers in attendance of both countries.

The MoUs signed were in the fields of technical cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture; in the study of the establishment of a Saudi-South Africa Joint Investment Fund and in cooperation in the promotion of direct investment

Other memoranda of understanding signed are on the establishment of a Joint business council, cooperation in the field of military industries and procurements and on geological survey cooperation.

The heads of State also witnessed the exchange of MoUs in the fields of arts and culture; health; social development; mutual recognition of certificates of seafarers; in information, communication and technology including in cooperation between the economic cities and special zones authorities in the Kingdom and in South Africa.

While in Saudi Arabia, President Ramaphosa participated in and addressed the Saudi Arabia – South Africa Investment Forum.

In this regard, the President utilized the opportunity to invite Saudi Arabia businesses to the South Africa’s fifth investment conference he will be convening in 2023.

President Ramaphosa also led a South Africa investment roundtable discussion with key captains of industry from both countries.

President Ramaphosa concluded his visit by officially opening the Lulu Hypermarket South Africa Fest where over 500 South Africa products were on display demonstrating the improving trade relations between South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by Ministers Naledi Pandor of International Relations and Cooperation; Thoko Didiza of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform; Ebrahim Patel of Trade, Industry and Competition; Gwede Mantashe of Mineral Resources and Energy, Fikile Mbalula of Transport and Thandi Modise of Defence & Military Veterans.

Saudi Arabia and South Africa sign Agreements and MOU to boost investment

16 October 2022

Saudi Arabia and South Africa signed agreements and Memorandum of Understanding to boost investment in energy, water, green hydrogen, waste diversion, and logistics.

The deals were signed at the Saudi-South African Investment Forum in Jeddah which was organized by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment and was attended by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The agreements aimed to promote the developing investment sectors between the two nations.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment organized the Saudi-South African Investment Forum in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on October 15, 2022 to discuss investment opportunities.

The forum’s agenda included sessions to discuss major upcoming and potential projects in the Kingdom as well as dialogue sessions to discuss energy, renewable energy, mining, agriculture and food processing, and tourism.

High-level officials from the Saudi side in attendance included Investment Minister Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih, Tourism Minister Ahmed bin Aqeel al-Khateeb, and Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim al-Khorayef. Several government officials, the Federation of Saudi Chambers and private sector representatives from both countries were also in attendance.

Bilateral trade between the two countries increased from $4.6 billion in 2019 to around $4.8 billion last year, and is expected to exceed $5.3 billion this year, investment Minister al-Falih said.

The Minister praised the solid and friendly ties between Saudi Arabia and South Africa, including their economic and trade cooperation which has stood for over three decades, and highlighted that the priority areas of cooperation between the two countries include renewable and green energy, mining, agriculture and food processing, hydrogen and solar energy, tourism, aerospace, and information technology, among others.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince receives South Africa’s President Ramaphosa in Jeddah

Photo: South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was received by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah, upon his arrival in Jeddah. (GCIS)

15 October 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah during his official visit to the Kingdom.

The two sides held an official session of talks, where they reviewed relations between their two countries and aspects of cooperation in various fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince and the president also witnessed the ceremony of exchanging an agreement, cooperation program and bilateral memoranda of understanding between the two countries.

President Ramaphosa arrives in Saudi Arabia on a State Visit

President Ramaphosa upon arrival in Saudi Arabia

14 October 2022

His Excellency President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a State Visit to take place on 15-16 October 2022.

President Ramaphosa’s visit is at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness (HRH) King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and he will be hosted by HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Saudi Arabia were formalised in 1994 with four South Africa’s democratically elected Presidents having visited the Kingdom to date.

The Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoy a strategic bilateral partnership based on cordial and fraternal relations.

The discussions would focus on export market opportunities for South African produce and on South Africa as an investment destination as well as an entry point into Southern Africa and beyond within the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

It is envisioned that the various deliberations will provide renewed impetus to strengthened economic cooperation in identified priority sectors, notably agriculture, defence, energy, and transport, further underpinned by regular high-level engagements between the two countries.

The recent 9th session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Council held from 3-4 October 2022 launched the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council.

The Joint Business Council brings together leading business people from both countries to deepen economic ties as Saudi Arabia is the largest source of imports from the Middle East region.

Total bilateral trade between South Africa and Saudi Arabia amounted to R66 billion in 2021.

President Ramaphosa will also participate in high-level business engagements with leading businesspersons as well as institutional and private investors. In this regard, the President will deliver the closing remarks at the Saudi Arabia – South Africa Investment Forum and participate in Saudi Arabia – South Africa Investment Roundtable.

The high-level meetings will also afford the leaders an opportunity to discuss bilateral, continental and global issues, and to reaffirm their commitment to further cooperate closely on multilateral issues.

President Ramaphosa is accompanied by Ministers Naledi Pandor of International Relations and Cooperation; Thoko Didiza of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform; Ebrahim Patel of Trade, Industry and Competition; Gwede Mantashe of Mineral Resources and Energy, Fikile Mbalula of Transport and Thandi Modise of Defence & Military Veterans.

Photo Credit: Dirco

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South Africa Emerges as a Key Hub for the World Logistics Passport (WLP) in Africa

Photo: His Excellency Mr. Mahash Saeed Alhameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa and Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager WLP at the WLP Gold and Diamond Round Table for South Africa Photo Credit: Hush Naidoo 

Photo: Mr Simphiwe Hamilton, Acting Group CEO of GGDA and Mr Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager WLP signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the World Logistics Passport & the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (GGDA) to strengthen the trade and logistics landscape in the Gauteng Province

Photo: Mr Abdulrahman BinHaider, Head of WLP presents an overview to key logistics stakeholders

Photo Credit: Vision Gold photography

Photo: Photo: Center Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager WLP and His Excellency Mr. Mahash Saeed Alhameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa with delegates, key logistics stakeholders, participants and guests 

Photo Credit: Vision Gold photography

Photo: His Excellency Mr. Mahash Saeed Alhameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa and Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager WLP at the WLP Gold and Diamond Round Table for South Africa 

Photo Credit: Vision Gold Photography

14 October 2022

By Susan Novela

As part of the development of the World Logistics Passport (WLP) in Africa, the World Logistics Passport high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is visiting the Republic of South Africa from 10 to 18 October 2022, to meet with key stakeholders to explore

opportunities, and to build relationships further. South Africa is important in this regard since it is a natural gateway into the continent and the UAE believes this holds “immense” benefit.

“We reiterate that South Africa’s stable macroeconomic environment provides a strong platform to attract foreign capital that can fund

additional physical investment. Moreover, international investors regard South Africa’s prudent macroeconomic policies, well-developed infrastructure, and well regulated logistics sector highly,” said UAE Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Mahash Saeed Alhameli.

The UAE’s World Logistics Passport official delegation’s mission to South Africa is to strengthen bilateral trade relations between the UAE and South Africa by leveraging the WLP’s value proposition to facilitate and increase trade in high value commodities.

It also aims at establishing the WLP programme in Johannesburg, South Africa as a hub for precious metals. The delegation is also interacting with key potential partners from the membership of the South African government, Mining Companies, Mining Associations, South African trade and investment bodies, and local big business.

To date, high-level participation from investors and corporate owners from the logistic sectors has been achieved. On Monday 10 October, World Logistics Passport (WLP) delegates met with key stakeholders and partners in Johannesburg to discuss and strengthen the bilateral trade between the two countries.

The UAE Ambassador together with the Head of the Delegation Mr Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager of WLP, represented the UAE at the discussions.

The Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Al Maktoum instituted the WLP in 2020 for the advancement of multilateral trade by addressing industry specific supply chain

bottlenecks.

In his opening remarks on Tuesday, 10 October 2022, His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Saeed Salem Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to South Africa and the Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps, welcomed the delegation and partners to the Round table meeting and said “The World Logistics Passport (WLP) is the globe’s first logistics loyalty programme.

With regard to UAE-South Africa Relations, the two nations share a great friendship that the founding fathers – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Nelson Mandela, fostered through an enduring brotherhood.”

This friendship that has spanned over 28 years has led to the growth of social and economic relations between the two nations. The UAE is South Africa’s biggest trade partner in the Gulf region and South Africa is the UAE’s second biggest trading partner on the African continent.

The WLP programme creates a platform for furthering trade relations and global development,” he intimated. South Africa as a key trade partner for the UAE has been chosen to be a key hub for the WLP on the African continent to lay down networking opportunities for four continents.

The programme allows South African exporters to use the Dubai hub to move freight around the world thereby expanding access to other partner hubs across the globe such as Brazil, Malaysia, Egypt, Thailand, China and India, among others.

The hope is that this interaction will create key opportunities for further strengthening and unlocking of South Africa’s own trade routes into Africa and globally, through the building of key networks with global partners.

The end game of this process is to grow the South African economy and boost its network of 27 countries by building bridges and tapping into the big potential, which South Africa holds.

On Wednesday, 11 October 2022, an event held at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg provided authorities from respective WLP hubs, partners, as well as representatives from leading business with an engagement opportunity to enhance their understanding of the WLP’s value proposition.

The detailed interactions revealed that The World Logistics Passport (WLP) is the world’s first logistics loyalty programme for traders and freight forwarding agencies. The initiative works with partner from 27 global hub to customize benefits that provide members with economic efficiencies that reduce cost, save time and avail access to new market

opportunities.

In South Africa, World Logistics Passport (WLP) currently has 11 partners.

During his speech, the head of the delegation Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager of WLP said, “The benefits of the WLP to its members include the reduction in supply chain costs and faster, more efficient movement of goods and services, increased traffic, and access to the network of global partners.”

“We can connect you with the best in class, explore more opportunities for improvement and also enhance customer retention,” he added.

He further intimated that “The focus is on the power of connectivity. Through a trade a network, there is opportunity to create frictionless trade. When this is achieved, then by extension, the country will benefit. The economy will be boosted. This also makes the country more attractive to trade with.”

He added that the delegation is here:

• To learn more from key stakeholders

• To know the reality on ground

• To understand the challenges

“The point of departure is that the logistic pain points differ from commodity to commodity. By working together, these pain points can be identified and benefits that help grow trade can be customized, “Mr Mahmood Al Bastaki stressed,” Mr. Al Bastaki took the opportunity to thank all for partners and guests for attending the event and recapped that, “The vision of WLP is to increase bilateral trade and provide economic efficiencies so the global

trade can grow.

WLP is positioning itself as a global initiative to facilitate important relationships that can enhance the logistics

journey.”

“The presence of partners and stakeholders at this event is an example of commitment to ongoing conversations on this particularly important topic,” he continued. “You are the true experts that will make all the difference by working with the delegation and putting shoulders to the wheel together to yield fruitful results,” he hailed the attendees.

“This occasion only marks the beginning of open discussions and it is important to keep the momentum going,” he remarked. It is important to establish a joint task force that will ensure that discussions translate into tangible actions through a coherent, cogent and integrated action plan,” he lauded the importance of a strategic approach.

He impressed upon the delegates that there is a vision, a plan and the people, but that it is concerted collaborative action and initiative that will produce intended mutual benefits. “You have the responsibility to operationalize the vision with due confidence,” he encouraged delegates.

The event culminated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the World Logistics Passport (WLP) and the Gauteng Growth and

Development Agency (GGDA), which Mr. Al Bastaki and Mr. Simphiwe Hamilton, Acting Group CEO of GGDA signed.

The UAE believes that a greater understanding of the respective South African and UAE economies, and the opportunities therein will continue to facilitate expansion of trade and investment between the countries.

It thus commits to the encouragement and continued support for bilateral relations with South Africa in the key areas of business and investment.

This Article is also published in the Pretoria News on 14 October 2022

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