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UK-South Africa Cooperation: Business to Bolster Bilateral Relations

19 October 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


HE Maite Nkoana-Mashabane MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa
Hon Lindiwe Zulu MP, Minister of Small Business Development, Republic of South Africa
Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Africa, UK
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Weakened global growth and reduced mineral demand from a slowing Chinese economy is causing many African countries, including South Africa, who chose a ‘look east’ trade policy to opt for a much more diverse portfolio of economic partners. The UK has long been a major investment and trade partner with South Africa, and the commercial connections are a key pillar of the bilateral relationship.

To coincide with the 11th UK-South Africa Bilateral Forum, held in the UK on 19 October, this meeting will bring together ministerial and diplomatic representatives from South Africa and the UK to examine the strengths of the economic relationship, and highlight opportunities for increasing economic cooperation and engagement.