Minister Dlamini Zuma Co-Chairs India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Forum, New Delhi, India Thursday, 4 - Friday, 5 March 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will together with her Indian and Brazilian counterparts, Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Dr Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim co-chair the historic India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Trilateral Ministerial Forum in India from Thursday- Friday, 4- 5 March 2004.

The India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Ministerial Forum will discuss areas of co-operation between as outlined in the historic Brasilia Declaration that heralded the birth of the strategic and historic trilateral forum between South Africa, India and Brazil.

In this regard trilateral co-operation projects in inter alia the fields of science and technology, health, transport, tourism, trade and investment, infrastructure, and job creation and SMME's will be identified during the meeting.

The IBSA Forum was formally launched by Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Lula da Silva and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the parameters of the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 58) in New York in September 2003.

During the launch, the three leaders stressed that trilateral co-operation should focus on key areas that would yield results in the short to medium term. It was also agreed that the three countries would identify best practices that should be showcased as examples to other developing countries.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
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3 March 2004

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