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Relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and South Africa
Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of South Africa were established on March 5, 1992.
In December 2003, the Embassy of South Africa in the Republic of Kazakhstan was opened in Almaty, which in February 2008 was relocated to Astana. Since December 2016, the Ambassador of South Africa to the Republic of Kazakhstan has been Keitumetsi Seypelo Tandeka Mathews (sister of the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa).
In December 2013, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Pretoria was opened. Since July 2019, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to South Africa has been Kobylandyuly Tumysh.
The first official contacts between the two countries took place in March 1993 during a visit by a Kazakh delegation led by the Minister for Foreign Economic Relations to South Africa, during which ways to establish bilateral trade and economic relations were discussed.
In the period from August 26 to September 4, 2002, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev paid a visit to Johannesburg to participate in the UN Conference on the Environment and Sustainable Development (Earth Summit).
In the period from July 17 to July 19, 2007, a Kazakhstan delegation led by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan G. Orazbakov visited Johannesburg. During the visit, the head of the delegation was received by the leadership of South Africa and held talks in various ministries, departments and leading companies of the country. A round table was also organized with the participation of representatives of business circles of the two states.
On December 5, 2008, the Chairman of the ruling party of the Republic of South Africa “African National Congress” (ANC) Jacob Zuma paid a working visit to Kazakhstan. During his trip, he met with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N. Nazarbayev, in the Almaty residence, which drew the guest's attention to the importance of signing intergovernmental agreements that are under consideration by the parties, including on trade and economic cooperation and on a visa-free regime for owners of official and diplomatic passports of South Africa and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In turn, ANC chairman J. Zuma noted: “We are convinced that the two countries have much in common. We see from the side that you have shown genuine leadership in the difficult years for your country. You were able to create all the conditions for maintaining and strengthening interethnic harmony in Kazakhstani society. This is a very important experience for us. We know that you have your own vision of the country's economic development and reforms. ”
J. Zuma expressed his intention to deepen relations between South Africa and Kazakhstan in all areas, as well as to establish close cooperation between the parties of the ANC and Nur Otan.
On November 10, 2011 in Johannesburg, a meeting was held between the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, R. Zhoshybaev, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa I. Ibrahim. According to its results, South Africa supported the candidacy of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the election of the venue for EXPO-2017.
On October 29, 2012, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, K. Sarybai, met with the President of South Africa, J. Zuma, as part of his working visit to South Africa from October 26 to 29, 2012.
In 2016, South Africa supported Kazakhstan's candidacy for the election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the period 2017-2018. In turn, in 2018, Kazakhstan supported the candidacy of South Africa in the election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the period 2019-2020.
Six rounds of political consultations took place between the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries: September 28, 2010 (Pretoria); May 3, 2012 (Astana); October 10-11, 2013 (Pretoria); November 5-6, 2014 (Astana); November 11, 2016 (Astana), November 23, 2018 (Pretoria).
South Africa took part in the Astana EXPO-2017 world exhibition. South African Ambassador to Kazakhstan C. Matthews was appointed National Commissioner of the EXPO from South Africa.
Despite the relatively low volumes, trade between Kazakhstan and South Africa has a tendency to increase. If in 2015 the turnover amounted to
18.7 million US dollars, then at the end of 2017, this figure amounted to 39.3 million. US $ According to the results of January-December 2018, trade between the Republic of Kazakhstan and South Africa increased to 73 million US dollars, while exports amounted to 50.3 million US dollars and imports 19.1 million US dollars, maintaining a surplus in favor of Kazakhstan. The total turnover between the Republic of Kazakhstan and South Africa in January-July 2019 amounted to $ 26 million, including exports of $ 13.6 million, imports of $ 12.3 million.
The most promising areas of trade and economic cooperation are energy, agriculture, education, and tourism.
In August 2014, a visit of representatives of the business community of Kazakhstan to South Africa was organized in order to establish cooperation, attract investment and innovative technologies. Meetings were held with leading companies in their industry, including PetroSA, Denel, Paramount, SASOL.
In December 2015, a joint venture of South Africa and Kazakhstan, the Astana Paramount Kazakhstan Engeneering plant for the production of armored military equipment, was opened, at the opening of which the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N. Nazarbayev, attended.
The Consular Section of the Embassy has established and maintains constant contacts with the families of South African citizens, who from 2000 to 2004 adopted 29 children from Kazakhstan.
Embassy Republic of Kazakhstan in South Africa