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South African Minister of International Relations Visits Jamaica to Celebrate 30 Years of Diplomatic Ties

Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor engages in bilateral discussions and cultural exchanges during her four-day visit

Kingston, Jamaica – In a significant diplomatic move, Jamaica welcomed Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on March 20 for a four-day visit aimed at commemorating 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

During her visit, Minister Pandor is set to engage in discussions with government officials and representatives from civil society organizations, highlighting the enduring bond between Jamaica and South Africa. Speaking on the importance of the visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, emphasized the longstanding relationship between the two countries, harking back to the historic visit of the late former President Nelson Mandela to Jamaica in 1991.

Minister Pandor’s itinerary includes a courtesy call on Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and a co-chaired CARICOM-South Africa Ministerial Meeting alongside Minister Johnson Smith. The discussions will encompass critical areas such as education, healthcare, technology, and agriculture, with a focus on identifying new avenues for collaboration.

In addition to official engagements, Dr. Pandor will partake in cultural activities, including delivering a guest lecture at the University of the West Indies on South Africa’s Human Rights Day. She will also visit the Peter Tosh Museum, paying homage to the Jamaican musician whose advocacy for African unity resonates deeply with South Africa’s history.

This visit underscores the continuity of engagement between Jamaica and South Africa, with Dr. Pandor’s previous visit to the island in 2016 as South African Minister of Science and Technology serving as a testament to the ongoing efforts to deepen bilateral ties.

As Minister Pandor’s visit coincides with the celebration of 30 years of diplomatic relations, it symbolizes not only the shared history between the two nations but also their commitment to advancing mutual interests and fostering cultural exchange.

The visit is expected to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and South Africa, paving the way for continued collaboration in the years to come.

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