Oil: South Africa and Angola to sign oil cooperation deal

21 November 2007

Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 Nov – The governments of South Africa and Angola Wednesday in Luanda signed a bilateral oil cooperation agreement during the second meeting of the Joint Cooperation Commission (JCC).

According to a statement from the South African government, the governments of the two countries also signed two other cooperation agreements, one of which was a statement of intention to eliminate the need for visas for travel between the countries and another in the area of tourism promotion.

The South African delegation, headed by the Foreign Affairs minister, Dlamini-Zuma, left Pretoria Tuesday for Luanda and is expected to return to her country immediately after signing the cooperation agreements and the closure of the meeting.

The Angola-South Africa Joint Cooperation Commission (JCC) was set up in 2000 and is base don the “need to consolidate the political, economic and trade relations between the two countries as part of the efforts to consolidate the African agenda,” the statement said.

Since its creation, the JCC has already led to the signing of bilateral agreements in the areas of farming, health, investment promotion and protection, defense, electricity, social assistance and reintegration and visa exemption for diplomats. (macauhub)