A delegation from South Africa led by Deputy Foreign Minister Marius Fransman has this week been in Oslo for bilateral consultations. On the agenda, there were trade and foreign policy issues, including peace and security and human rights.
– South Africa and Norway have historically close and strong bonds of friendship. South Africa is one of our most important allies in Africa and globally. There is still room to expand cooperation in several areas, particularly in the maritime sector, trade and wealth creation, said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen.
Deputy Minister Fransman recognized Norway’s role as a bridge builder and exporter of positive social values. He pulled out the Norwegian foreign policy continuity and predictability, which paves the way for further long-term cooperation.
Norway and South Africa have a good cooperation in climate and environmental issues. Earlier this month the Norwegian owned company Scatec Solar opened Africa’s largest solar power plant. The plant, which will provide electricity to 33,000 South African households without greenhouse gas emissions.