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Cooperation of the Republic of Belarus with the Republic of South Africa

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of South Africa were established on 4 March1993. Since January 2000 the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus has been operating in the city of Pretoria.

The legal base between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of South Africa includes intergovernmental agreements on trade and economic cooperation, on avoiding double taxation, on scientific and technical cooperation, on military-technical cooperation, on visa-free travel through diplomatic and service passports, on cooperation in the field of culture and art, on the establishment of the Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

The trade relations of the Republic of Belarus with the Republic of South Africa have the following dynamics:

(in millions of US dollars)

Year

Trade Volume

Export

Import

Balance

2016

9,6

3,3

6,3

-3,0

2017

16,8

9,3

7,5

1,8

2018

24,9

17,2

7,7

9,5

2019

26,8

14,5

12,3

2,2

2020

25,7

18,1

7,6

10,5

2021

32,2

22,8

9,4

13,5

2021 year to 2020 year (%)

125,3

126,0

123,7

 

The major Belarusian export items over the past decade had become: machinery and spare parts, extra-large tyres, potash fertilizers, some oil-refined products, linen fabrics, x-ray equipment, certain types of food products etc.

South Africa traditionally supplies vegetables and fruits (fresh and canned), wines and tobacco raw materials.

Visits at the highest level were not carried out.

In 2006 B.Mbete, Chairman of the National Assembly of South Africa, visited Belarus, in 2007 — M.Mahlangu, Chairman of the National Council of the Provinces of South Africa. Belarus was also visited by the King of KwaZulu-Natal Province (1999), the Head of the Presidential Administration of South Africa and the Minister of Arts, Science and Technology (2002), Minister of State Enterprises (2006), Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (2007).

The regular dialogue is maintained between the foreign ministries of Belarus and South Africa. The Foreign Ministers of Belarus visited South Africa three times (in 2000, 2006 and 2014). In 2007 and 2008 the visits of N.Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, to Belarus took place.

Four sessions of the Belarusian-South African Committee for Trade and Economic Cooperation and three sessions of the Joint Commission for Cooperation in Science and Technology were held.
 

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