Deputy Minister Botes undertakes Working Visit to Cuba

Photo Credit Dirco: Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Cuban Foreign Minister, Mr Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, in Cuba

21 July 2022

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, Visited the Republic of Cuba to co-chair the 16th SA – Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) with his Cuban counterpart, Gerardo Peñalver Portal, in Havana.

The 16th JCM took place against the backdrop of the excellent bilateral and fraternal ties between the two countries that go beyond the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in May 1994.

Bilateral cooperation continues in several areas such as Health, Arts and Culture, Basic and Higher Education, Defence, Human Settlements, Public works, Science and Technology, Sport, Trade and Economic Cooperation as well as Water and Sanitation.

Photo: Deputy Minister Alvin Botes with the Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ms Débora Rivas in Cuba.

The annual JCM presents South Africa and Cuba with an opportunity to reaffirm their historical relations and solidarity, comprehensively review relations and take stock of progress made since the last JCM. Furthermore, the JCM develops a roadmap to deepen Bilateral Cooperation in mutually agreed priority areas and strengthen cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Deputy Minister Botes also had meetings with several Cuban Ministries and institutions, notably in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Foreign Trade, Science and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture.

During the visit Deputy Minister Alvin Botes paid a courtesy call on the Cuban Foreign Minister, Mr Bruno Rodriguez Parilla.

Following South Africa’s democratic transition, South Africa and Cuba established formal diplomatic relations on 15 May 1994 and opened resident Embassies in Pretoria (1994) and Havana (1995), respectively.

Cuba has since become an established strategic partner for South Africa in the Latin American region and in multilateral fora. The relations are characterized by high level political dialogue.

Bilateral relations were strengthened following the 15th SA-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism held in Pretoria on 5 September 2019, which reviewed and further deepened bilateral relations. The 16th #SACubaJCM was held on 21 July 2022.

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes also met with his the Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ms Débora Rivas in Cuba.

Deputy Minister Botes co-chaired The 16th #SACubaJCM with his counterpart, Deputy Minister Gerardo Peñalver Portal, on 21 July 2022, in Havana.

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