12 July 2022
Deputy Minister Alvin Botes held a bilateral consultation with the United Kingdom’s Foreign Minister for Africa, Ms Vicky Ford at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Tuesday, 12 July 2022.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the progress made on the commitments undertaken during the South Africa – United Kingdom Bilateral Forum held in May 2021 between Minister Naledi Pandor and former Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Dominic Raab.
Bilateral relations between South Africa and the UK are managed through the Bilateral Forum at the level of the Foreign Minister and meet biennially. The 12th Session of the Bilateral Forum was held on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in May 2021 in the United Kingdom.
The discussion during the meeting included the review of the progress made on the commitments undertaken during the South Africa – United Kingdom 🇿🇦🇬🇧 Bilateral Forum held in May 2021 between Minister Naledi Pandor and former Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Dominic Raab.
The Bilateral Consultations renewed commitment to strengthening relations between South Africa and the United Kingdom, with greater emphasis on implementing current agreements and finalising outstanding Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements.
Over 50% of total South African exports to the United Kingdom are either precious metals or “unclassified goods”. The United Kingdom remains South Africa’s most important export market not only for fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products but also for manufactured, value added exports such as clothing, automotive equipment, wine, furniture and a host of other products.