Political relations overview
Paris and Pretoria are working to implement a strategic partnership since 2008. France and South Africa have developed several topical annual meetings on political, military and economic issues as the Forum for Political Dialogue, the Africa Seminar, the Joint Commission on Defence, the Defence Strategic Dialogue and Forum Economic Dialogue.
This strategic partnership is a part of France’s new relationship with the African continent, as exposed by President Emmanuel Macron in his speech in the University of Ouagadougou, on 28 November 2017.
To this purpose, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited the Republic of South Africa from 28 February to 2 March 2019. With the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, agreements were signed in the fields of education, space cooperation and protection of biodiversity. They also co-chaired the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding involving a line of credit of R1.1 billion and a technical cooperation from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), for the benefit of the Investment Development Corporation (IDC).