Panamanian minister to visit SA

2012-04-14 16:00

Johannesburg - Panama's deputy foreign affairs minister arrives in South Africa on Monday for the first high-level visit from that country in 17 years, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Saturday.

The meeting would focus on strengthening political and economic relations between South Africa and the central American nation, department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

"The visit promises to provide impetus to South Africa's already solid bilateral and multilateral relations with Panama, a prominent maritime country and a hub for trade with strong economic growth," Monyela said.

Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Francisco Alvarez de Soto would be in the country for five days at the invitation of Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Marius Fransman.

Monyela said the Panama Canal was one of the world's most important and strategic maritime passages, benefiting global freight circulation and economic activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Panama opened an embassy in Pretoria in August 2000. South Africa is non-residentially represented in Panama from Lima, Peru, with an Honorary Consulate in Panama.

During his visit De Soto will also meet with the deputy ministers of finance, trade and industry, science and technology, public enterprises, home affairs and police.

  • George - 2012-04-14 16:24

    And how long did his visa take

      Mike - 2012-04-14 16:58

      So why would our government welcome, with open arms, a visit from the deputy foreign affairs minister of one of the world's most corrupt countries? And as for possible prospective economic ties, Panama is notorious for the trafficking of cocaine, heroin & marijuana. Who is teaching whom? (

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