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South Africa: SA, Turkey Set up Bi-National Commission
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 19, 2012

The South Africa-Turkey Bi-National Commission will enhance co-operation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economics, trade, defence, security, agriculture, minerals, energy, education, tourism, sport and environment.

It will meet once in every two years and it will be co-chaired by Motlanthe and the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The visit also focused on matters of defence and energy, said the Presidency.


With regards to defence, the countries agreed that the Defence Industry Co-operation Agreement will be signed in September in South Africa.


South Africa and Turkey also have a mutual interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and coal to liquid technology. According to the Presidency, a Memorandum of Understanding is at an advanced stage and is to be signed in near future.

The Deputy President, who was accompanied by the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu and the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim, returned to South Africa on Friday.
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