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Republic of South Africa

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Together with Angola, South Africa is one of the two African countries with which Brazil has a ‘Strategic Partnership,’ signed in July, 2010. Bilateral relations include a wide range of areas, such as public administration, agriculture, science and technology, communications, defense, energy, environment, health, and food security.

Trade between the two countries, consisting of primary and manufactured products, increased approximately 300% in just over a decade, from USD 659 million in 2002 to USD 2.6 billion in 2012. It is important to note the diversification and the increasing volume of investments made by South African companies in Brazil (communications, mining, aviation) and by Brazilian corporations in the African country (motor vehicles and spare parts manufacturing, mining, food, and reinsurance companies).

Brazil and South Africa also extend their cooperation and coordination to the multilateral field, taking on an increasingly important role in the defense of a more equitable, transparent, and democratic global governance system. They are members of IBSA, BRICS, BASIC, G20 of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and G20 of Developing Nations.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1918 – Inauguration of the Consulate of Brazil in Cape Town

1948 – Establishment of diplomatic relations and inauguration of Brazilian legation in Pretoria

1952 – Inauguration of South African Representative Office in Rio de Janeiro

1971 – Inauguration of South African Diplomatic Mission in Brasília

1972 – South African Mission becomes Embassy

1974 – Brazilian legation becomes Embassy, but it is headed by Chargé d’Affaires, in repudiation of the apartheid policy

1985 – Decree No. 91,524, of August 9, establishes restrictions to the relations with South Africa in repudiation of the apartheid

1991 – A year after his liberation, Nelson Mandela visits Brazil

1992 – Partial removal of Brazilian sanctions imposed by Decree No. 91,524/85; an Ambassador is designated as Head of Diplomatic Mission in Pretoria

1994 – Total removal of sanctions imposed by Decree No. 91,524/85

1996 – President Fernando Henrique Cardoso visits South Africa, the first visit of a Brazilian President to the country

1998 – President Nelson Mandela visits Brazil

2002 – 1st Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council

2003 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits South Africa

2003 – 2nd Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council

2004 – Trade volume between the two countries exceeds USD 1 billion

2004 – 3rd Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council

20061st IBAS Summit – Dialogue Forum between India, Brazil and South Africa (Brasília, September)

2007 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits South Africa (July)

2007 – 2nd IBAS Summit – Dialogue Forum between India, Brazil and South Africa (Pretoria, October)

2007 – 3rd IBAS Summit – Dialogue Forum between India, Brazil and South Africa (New Delhi, October)

2009 – President Jacob Zuma visits Brazil (October)

2010 – 4th IBAS Summit – Dialogue Forum between India, Brazil and South Africa (Brasilia, April)

2010 – 4th Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council

2010 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits South Africa

2010 – Trade volume between the two countries exceeds USD 2 billion

2011 – IBSA Ministerial meeting (New York, February 11)

2011VII IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission (New Delhi, March 8)

2011Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, to South Africa (July 24)

2011 Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Inhotim – MG, August 26-27)

2011 – IBSA Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the 66th United Nations General Assembly Session (New York, September 23)

2011 Visit of President Dilma Rousseff to South Africa on occasion of the 5th IBSA Summit, in Pretoria (October 18)

2012 – India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Trade Ministers Meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (January 28)

2012 – Ministerial Meeting of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) on Climate Change (Brasilia, September 20-21)

2013 – 5th Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council

2013 – Visit of President Dilma Rousseff to South Africa, to attend the Fifth Summit of the BRICS, in Durban (March)

2013 Visit to Brazil of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (July 30)

2013 – 16th Ministerial Meeting of BASIC countries on Climate Change (Foz do Iguaçu, September 15-16)

2013 – Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the BRICS on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly Session (New York, September 25)

2014 – President Jacob Zuma visits Brazil for the VI BRICS Summit (July 16)

201520th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (New York, June 28)

2015 – Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in New York, on the sidelines of the 70th Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly (September 29)

2015 – Meeting of BRICS Leaders in Antalya, Turkey, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit (November 15)

2016 – 22nd BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (New Delhi, April 7)

2016G20 Leaders Summit (Hangzhou, China, September 4-5)

2016 – 23rd BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Morroco, October 17)

2017 24th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Beijing, China, April 11)

2017Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, to Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa (May)

2017Meeting of BRICS Foreign Affairs Ministers (Beijing, June 18-19)

2017Informal meeting of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit (Hamburg, Germany, July 7)

2017BRICS Leaders Summit (Xiamen, China, September 3-5)

2017 – IBSA Foreign Ministers' Meeting on UNGA sidelines (New York, September 21) [Press release]

20178th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting (Durban, October 17) [Joint Communiqué] [Adopted Acts]

201810th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the BRICS (Johannesburg, July 26-27) [Joint Declaration]




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