Minister Pandor to host the German Foreign Minister for a Bi-National Commission

Media Invite


25 June 2023


Minister Pandor to host the German Foreign Minister for a Bi-National Commission


The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor will on Tuesday, 27 June 2023, host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms Annalena Baerbock the 11th Meeting of South Africa–Germany Bi-National Commission.


The Bi-National Commission is the primary mechanism that is used for the management of the substantial relationship between the two countries. It comprises seven working groups, which have already met to prepare reports that will be submitted to and approved at the BNC. The working groups are on Foreign and Security Policy, Economy, Energy, Environment and Climate, Development Cooperation, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture and Labour, Social Affairs and Vocational Training.


The Ministers will have a discussion on geopolitical issues affecting Africa and Europe, as well as on multilateral issues such as South Africa’s chairship of BRICS, Climate Change and preparations for COP28, the G20 Compact with Africa, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.


Germany is one of South Africa’s most strategic international partners. It is a major trading partner and source of investment, the third largest source of overseas tourists, and an important development partner. The Department is of the view that the BNC will contribute to the consolidation and strengthening of bilateral relations.


Members of the media are invited as follows:


Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2023


Time: 08h00


Venue: DIRCO Conference Centre


RSVP to Kgopotso Rapakuana, 073 058 3876,


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




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