Canada`s relationship with South Africa dates back to 1899, when Canada sent more than 7,000 troops to support Britain in its war against the Transvaal and the Free State. The two countries worked closely together to transform the British Empire into a Commonwealth, exchanged high commissioners in the 1930s and ambassadors after South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961. Brian Douglas Tennyson, „Canadian Relations with South Africa: A Diplomatic History,” published in 1982 by University Press of America. Canada has actively promoted the end of apartheid in South Africa and countries have maintained normal relations ever since. South Africa`s Constitution was inspired in part by the Constitution of Canada, particularly the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Former South African President Nelson Mandela made an official visit to Canada in September 1998 and addressed the Ottawa Human Rights Monument. Mandela was named an honorary Canadian citizen on his second visit to Canada. A visit by President Thabo Mbeki in November 2003 ended with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for strengthening relations between the two countries. Canada and South Africa have a deep and broad relationship based on shared values such as democracy, security and prosperity.
Canada`s efforts against apartheid in the Commonwealth in the 1980s and our support for the creation of a multi-ethnic, multi-ethnic and democratic society in South Africa strengthened relations between our countries. Canadian and South African experts worked closely together to develop South Africa`s first democratic constitution. Canada and South Africa are both members of a series of multilateral organizations, including the Commonwealth and the G20, and cooperate on important issues such as women`s empowerment, the environment, climate protection and regional security. Canada and South Africa conduct annual strategic bilateral consultations covering topics as diverse as foreign policy, trade and investment, innovation, science and technology, the environment and climate change, education and culture. Take your business to the next level. Discover opportunities to increase your footprint in South Africa with the help of our Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and learn more about trade relations between the two countries, market facts and other discoveries. Dr. Samy notes that Canadian trade with Africa is currently weak because of the geographical separation and the fact that the two economies are resource-driven. At the end of the day, there is a low „commercial compatibility.” Although Africa is generally more stable than in the past, trade with Africa is limited by conflict and security. Currently, Canadian export growth to Africa is slow, at about $2-4 billion per year, and Dr. Samy is skeptical of the serious impact this agreement will have on Canada. 3.
The advisory group meets regularly, usually every eighteen months. The advisory group meetings will take place in turn between Canada and South Africa, as can be agreed between the parties. The advisory group meetings are chaired by the host party.