In Accra, Thursday, May 5, 2016 – The Plenary Session of the 4th Ghana-South Africa Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for experts of the two countries to identify, deliberate and agree on areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

Opening the Session, Ambassador Leslie Kojo Christian, Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Leader of the Ghanaian side, disclosed that Ghana-South Africa relations go beyond political consultations, and encompass ICT, educational & cultural cooperation, as well as trade engagements. He applauded the establishment of the PJCC in 2007, which he said had further deepened bilateral relations between the two countries.

In his response, Mr. Xolisa Makaya, Deputy Director-General for Africa and Bilateral Relations at the South African Foreign Ministry, Leader of the South African Delegation and Co-chair of the Session, extoled Ghana for her role in advancing good governance in Africa. He reminded the meeting of how his fellow disenfranchised South Africans have always looked up to Ghana for leadership. He recounted various roles played by Ghana during the fight against Apartheid.

The High Commissioner of Ghana to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi and his South African counterpart, H.E. Ms. Jeanette Ndhlovu also made remarks on the significance of the 4th PJCC meeting.

Day one of the meeting saw participants divided into working groups in the areas of defence and security. There were also social, political and economic working groups. The meeting would conclude on Friday, 6th May, 2016, with the signing of agreements, after which a press briefing would be held.