Pretoria: South Africa has made further strides in strengthening ties with its contemporaries across the continent, the Caribbean and European Community.
Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, on Friday announced that Cabinet has approved the ratification of the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) between the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
It also approved the submission to Parliament of the second revision of the European Community and its member states.
“The CPA provides South Africa with a number of advantages in terms of political engagement and the furtherance of South Africa’s foreign policy objectives. This is done through the enhancement of North-South cooperation, as well as South-South cooperation,” said Chabane at a post Cabinet briefing.
In terms of the South-South cooperation, the CPA provides for countries of the 79-member ACP group to meet and discuss issues of common concern, including matters relating to trade, investment, sustainable development, climate change, food security and peace and security.
Chabane said under the CPA, members of the ACP and the EU were encouraged to come together and discuss areas of mutual concern.
The ACP group of countries was created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. The group’s main objectives are sustainable development and poverty reduction within its member states, as well as their greater integration into the world’s economy.
All of the member states, except Cuba, are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union.
Switching focus to domestic matters, Chabane said Cabinet also noted the newly adopted International Labour Organisation (ILO) instruments on Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 and the Domestic Workers Recommendations, 2011, and approved that South Africa ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011.
He said government recognised the importance of the convention and the need for decent work for all.
“The necessary legislative amendments will be made in due course to give full effect to the implementation of this Convention.”