Pretoria – Relations between South Africa and Belgium are set to advance, with both countries agreeing to cooperate in crucial areas that can help government meet its key priorities.
This emerged during a meeting between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The two looked at how Belgium can help support South Africa’s national priorities, especially infrastructure development not only in the country, but Africa as well.
Addressing the media after their meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said government remained convinced that the key to the economic development of the continent lay in creating the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the free movement of goods, people and services.
“We remain committed to integrating the continent in order to create a bigger market,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.
Despite the economic crisis faced by the Euro countries, Reynders said Belgium was committed to working closely with South Africa in the identification and implementation of these various projects, which have the potential to assist South Africa achieve its developmental objectives, especially in the fields of infrastructure development, skills development, energy, water and education.
Reynders said Belgium was pleased with the progress the country had made in its development and the role in some of the international platforms.
Belgium has long played a meaningful role in the development of the country. In recent years, it allocated an amount of 25 million euro as Official Development Assistance (ODA) to South Africa covering, among others, health, education and capacity building in the public sector. SAnews.gov.za