Growing exports and investment dominated the agenda at the South Africa-India Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) held in New Delhi, India, over the past week.
Aimed at coordinating bilateral relations, the JMC allowed for the Ministers to reflect on ways to enhance trade and to remove barriers to business.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said delegates also discussed how to grow tourism flows as tourist arrivals to South Africa from India approach 100 000 per annum.
“A plan of action will be adopted in terms of the South Africa-India Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation, as well as the implementation of the Visa Simplification Agreement which was signed in December 2019,” the department said.
South Africa’s international relations minister, Naledi Pandor, who co-chaired the Commission, deliberated on human resource development.
Pandor aims to finalise the MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education and a Recognition of Mutual Qualifications Agreement. – Zoë van Rooyen