The Centre for Middle East & Africa (CMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised a web talk on “South Africa’s Perspective on Evolving Geo-Economic Trends and Pakistan South Africa Economic Ties” on November 18, 2020. The web talk was delivered by H.E. Ambassador Mthuthuzeli Madikiza, the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Pakistan. Ms. Amina, Director Centre for Middle East & Africa (CMEA), moderated the event. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, opened the event with his remarks. The closing remarks were delivered by Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman Board of Governors, ISSI.
Ms. Amina Khan, Director Centre for Middle East and Africa (CMEA) in her welcome remarks stated that Pakistan and South Africa ties are highly valued since the establishment of their diplomatic ties in 1994. South Africa and Pakistan share several commonalities such as their struggle against colonialism and the vision of the late Nelson Mandela. South Africa is one of the top trading partners of Pakistan from the African continent. Thus, extension and consolidation of trade and economic relations between two countries is pivotal. South Africa considers Pakistan an important market for business cooperation and is keen to further enhance the volume of bilateral trade. Under its ‘Engage Africa Policy,’ Pakistan looks forward to further deepening its political, and economic ties with South Africa.