Formal relations between Sweden and South Africa date back to the 1930's when a South African legation was opened in Stockholm.
Since 2000, relations between the two countries have been effectively managed through the Bi-national Commission (BNC) co-chaired at the level of Deputy President/Deputy Prime Minister. The last session of the BNC was held in October 2011, in Sweden – covering areas of foreign affairs, trade and investment, ICT, energy and vocational education.
The next Bi-national Commission (BNC) is scheduled to take place in South Africa in October 10th 2013.
Sweden is one of the important investors in South Africa with more than 100 companies and another 300 agents and distributors. Swedish contributions to employment creation and skills development in South Africa during the last years can be traced in numerous projects across a wide range of sectors.
Furthermore Business Sweden has been given an explicit role in the Swedish Government’s country strategy for South Africa for 2009-2013, to improve pro-poor economic development, promote private sector development and enhance trade between Sweden and South Africa. As part of this strategy needs and considerations expressed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), as well as those of key potential South African Partners and the Swedish business community in South Africa have been evaluated and the New Swedish Trade Economic Programme (NSEP) has been set up, targeting capacity building and skills development, trade and entrepreneurship.
Besides its political agenda, the Bi-national Commission (BNC) will focus on arranging a high level business seminar, to follow-up on outlined initiatives set in 2011, within:
We are looking forward to meeting you in South Africa!
For more information, please contact:
Olov Hemström, Business Sweden – Johannesburg
M +27 83 778 9157 T +27 11 300 5608
M (Sweden) +46 730 75 37 80
Susanne Henne, Business Sweden – Johannesburg
M +27 83 283 99 66 T +27 11 300 5612