On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The long-standing and fruitful relationship between the governments of Flanders and South Africa has been in effect for over twenty years.
During the meeting, there was room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified. These included innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, culture… Some of these priorities were previously set at the highest political level during a meeting between the President of South Africa and the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders on 14 November 2018.
The Joint Committee was chaired by Ambassador Lallie, Chief Director responsible for Western Europe at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and Koen Jongbloet, Head of the Foreign Affairs division.
Both Flanders and South Africa are looking forward to a concrete and results-oriented cooperation on the agreed topics.
General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa