In a sign of growing diplomatic and economic relation with South Africa, the Eritrean embassy in Pretoria took part in the annual “Diplomatic Fair” organized by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa on Saturday, October 26th 2013.
The fair’s main theme was to celebrate 50 years of the African Union as well as to honor the South African fallen hero Oliver Tambo.
The fair showcased dozens of diplomatic missions and embassies, all of which are represented in the city of Pretoria. These embassies and high commissions laid out their nations’ cultures, histories, traditions and cuisines.
The Eritrean stall portrayed socio-cultural, historical and tourism-related contents depicting the people’s lifestyle, natural resources as well as investment prospects.
Reports indicates that a number of the visitors expressed appreciation for the content of the exhibition vis-à-vis the manner of its presentation and the briefings given thereof. They also said that they are in a position to raise awareness pertaining to the Eritrean people’s lifestyle and the natural resources the nation is endowed with.
The Eritrean – South African diplomatic relations got a renewed impetus after Eritrea lent its crucial support to the election of South Africa’s Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as Chairperson of the African Union Commission back in July 2012.
The economic relation, which is now at its pick, has shown a tremendous progress with the nomination of South Africa’s most pragmatic and aggressive envoy, Prof. Amb. Iqbal Jhazbhay, to Eritrea.
Ambassador Jhazbhay is a member of the international relations sub-committee of the ANC’s national executive committee. He is also a member of the ANC’s international relations rapid response task team, which steers party-to-party relations, including those with the ruling parties of South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
One of Ambassador Jhazbhay’s main task in the country along with others is to make sure South African companies compete profitably in the lucrative Eritrea mining sector. (See video above)
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