Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, will travel to South Africa this week to take part in a range of bilateral engagements and attend the Netball World Cup.
“Aotearoa New Zealand’s relationship with South Africa is grounded in whānaungatanga, people-to-people links, with more than 70,000 South Africans now calling New Zealand home,” the Minister said.
“Also as a diverse trading partner, and a potential point of entry to the wider African continent for many New Zealand businesses, I’ll be looking to explore ways we can deepen our economic ties and identify areas where we can further our relationship.”
Ms Mahuta will meet with her South African counterpart, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Thembisile Nkadimeng and Minister of Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa.
She will also attend several business engagements promoting further business cooperation with New Zealand and meet with development partners.
“South Africa is a regional and global leader, and a valued partner on global issues of common concern including nuclear disarmament and climate change.”
“I’m looking forward to what I know will be fruitful and informative discussions with counterparts.”
While overseas, she will also represent New Zealand at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.