The celebration of the Republic of South Africa’s 22 Years of Freedom (that was marked earlier this year, on the 27th of April) offers us the pleasant opportunity to recall with great satisfaction the strength of our bilateral ties, as well as to convey our warmest greetings and wishes of happiness, peace and prosperity to the South African people.
On the 21st of November this year we also mark the silver jubilee of Romania-Republic of South Africa relations. We firmly believe that this stock-taking anniversary represents an excellent opportunity to further strengthen and diversify the traditional relations of cooperation between our countries.
The friendship and cooperation relations between Romania and the Republic of South Africa have developed constantly during the past years in various fields: political dialogue in international arena, which benefitted from our countries’ membership in the European Union, and respectively the African Union, trade, education and research, health, culture, people-to-people contacts. Particularly regarding trade, we are encouraged by the increasing volume of our bilateral exchanges (South Africa constantly being our most important trade partner in Sub-Saharan Africa), as well as by the positive contribution of South African investments to the Romanian economy.
We are proud that the Republic of South Africa is currently one of our most important and reliable partners on the African continent. We are ready to continue our common efforts in order to identify new opportunities for bringing the entire cooperation potential of our countries to fruition. We are confident that the good relations of friendship and cooperation established between Romania and the Republic of South Africa will continue their upward trend. There is an immense potential of expertise, manpower and capital, which allows us to successfully bid for common projects in various fields of increased interest: industry, agriculture, telecommunications, infrastructure, water and energy, IT&C, scientific, educational and cultural cooperation.
Taking into consideration that this year the Republic of South Africa also marks the 40th anniversary of June 16, 1976 uprising (Soweto uprising), we praise the advancement of South Africa on its way to democracy and underline the role of youth in moving forward our societies. South Africa is now a modern country, with a promising economy and a rich social and cultural life. The commitment of South Africa to democracy, as in the case of Romania, is so closely linked with our joint aspiration for a future of peace and prosperity for our nations. The struggle of Nelson Mandela proved that it is democracy the solid foundation on which to build a prosperous future for our peoples. Romania underwent a long period of transition, thus we understand the challenges and difficulties faced by the African countries and stay by them, offering help that comes from direct experience.
On this anniversary occasion we reiterate our commitment to bridge the geographical distances by forging our friendship and by further consolidating the traditionally good relations between our peoples and countries.