24 May 2022
The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Mr. Alvin Botes, in collaboration with Premier of the Northern Cape Provincial Government, Dr. Zamani Saul, hosted a seminar in Kimberley aimed at showcasing investment opportunities in the Northern Cape Province.
South Africa’s 🇿🇦 relations with the #ASEAN are strong, and #ASEAN has also previously pledged to boost a search for ways to increase cooperation in areas of investment, trade and tourism in South Africa.
Photo Dirco: Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Alvin Botes
Photo Dirco: Premier of the Northern Cape Dr Zamani Saul
Photo Dirco: His Excellency Ambassador Myint Swe of Myanmar to South African
In his remarks Deputy Minister Alvin Botes’s said “As South Africa we remain proud of our historic solidarity relationship with ASEAN, and we are confident that us becoming a dialogue partner through the TAC with the ASEAN group of member States we are assured a better future for the Northern Cape, for South Africa and for Africa”
One of the most significant occasions of this notable relationship is the 1955 Asia-Africa conference which took place in Bandung, Indonesia, where the principles and values of South-South Cooperation were initially underlined.
#SAandASEANRelations relations were further formalised on 10 June 2020, after SA’s Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation gave the nod to #DIRCO’s bid to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with #ASEAN.
The Treaty contributes to SA’s economic growth and will lead to the increase of trade between SA and #ASEAN countries.
Head of Missions and Foreign diplomats affiliated to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in the event.
The origins of ASEAN can be tracked back to 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, where the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand was signed.
Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984, followed by Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN