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13. December 2016

German-South African Binational Commission 2016: Enhanced Cooperation

On November 15 and 16, high ranked representatives from both countries came together to strengthen their cooperation and lay out common plans for the future. The Binational Commission (BNC) is an important instrument to steer intra-governmental relations between Germany and South Africa.

South African Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and her German counterpart Steinmeier (© Photothek) In this regard, eight working groups met at various ministries in Berlin to discuss the core elements of their bilateral relations.

These main fields of collaboration include renewable energies, environment and climate, education and vocational training, but also development cooperation, science and technology, employment and social affairs as well as culture.

Several ministers from both countries attended this highly valued conference which is the central instrument for strategic partnership. The delegations were headed by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Read more below or download the Joint Communique of the 9th German-South African Binational Commission [pdf, 626.16k]:…/70…/BNCJointCommunique.pdf

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