Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini visits Singapore for the Singapore–Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Conference

Media Statement


27 August 2023


Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini visits Singapore for the Singapore–Sub-Saharan Africa High-Level Ministerial Exchange Conference


The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will participate in the Fourth Singapore–Sub-Saharan Africa High Level Ministerial Exchange Conference (SSSAHLME) and the Sixth Africa–Singapore Business Forum, taking place in Singapore from 29-31 August 2023.


The theme for SSSAHLME 2023 is: “Singapore and Africa: Partners in Digitalisation and Sustainability”. Digitalisation, manufacturing and sustainability are pivotal areas for cooperation between South Africa, the African Continent, Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.


By sharing experiences, knowledge and best practices, both regions can leverage their respective strengths to foster economic growth, innovation and sustainable development.


These partnerships will not only deepen economic ties but also contribute to building a more resilient and prosperous future for all stakeholders involved.


The Africa–Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) was launched in 2010 and is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade and investment between Africa and Asia. South Africa was invited as one of the 10 sub-Saharan African countries to the inaugural event.


As an integral part of its policy of promoting the overseas growth for Singapore-based companies and international trade, the Singaporean Government is focusing on Africa as a source for new markets through initiatives such as the biennial ASBF and the Singapore–Sub-Saharan High-Level Ministerial Exchange Visit. Since its inauguration in 2010, ASBF has brought together over 5000 delegates, including top policy makers and business leaders from Africa and Asia.


Under the theme: “Driving Africa’s Growth through Digitalisation, innovation & Sustainability”, ASBF 2023 will feature insights from business practitioners across high growth sectors in Africa, including digital technology, sustainable urban development, consumer sector as well as manufacturing.


South Africa and Singapore have maintained cordial bilateral relations since diplomatic ties were established in 1993. The two countries have signed numerous agreements to enhance cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, skills transfer and defence.


South Africa and Singapore have enjoyed fruitful bilateral relations in various areas. Both countries have a shared commitment to promoting economic growth and regional stability, which has led to increased collaboration in trade, investment, education and defence.


Enquires: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974




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