On April 16, Premier Oscar Mabuyane lead a bilateral meeting with State of Lower Saxony Counterpart, President- Minister, Stephan Weil, of Germany.

The revised JDI provides for cooperation in the following areas:

a) Socio-economic development and gender equality,

b) Agriculture and rural development,

c) Smart technologies and digital economy,

d) Sport (including volunteer service in the sports sector), social cohesion and youth exchange, arts and matters relating to cultural heritage,

e) Crime prevention and community safety,

f) Climate change, environmental management and sustainable energies,

g) Education, science and technology,

h) Local government/municipal cooperation (municipalities from both Sides will participate on a voluntary basis in pursuit of mutual relations);

i) Cooperation on communicable diseases (including HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, sharing of best practices and mutual support in managing response to pandemics).

Projects implemented in terms of this Joint Declaration will have a bias and also embrace the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are embedded in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which came into effect on the January 1, 2016.

New projects that are envisaged as part of the implementation of the revised Joint Declaration of Intent for Cooperation between the Eastern Cape and Lower Saxony:

• Lower Saxony technical support to the proposed school of veterinary sciences at the University of Fort Hare;

• Exchange/research project on management of pandemics with special reference to coronavirus; and

• Exchange program on community safety.

Relations between the Eastern Cape and Lower Saxony were formally initiated on August 16, 1995 when the two sides signed the Joint Declaration about cooperation and development of friendly relations. The former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mr Raymond Mhlaba co- signed the twinning agreement in 1995 with the then Prime Minister Lower Saxony Mr Gerhard Schroeder who subsequently became the Chancellor of the German Federal Republic four years later.

Click and listen: Premier Oscar Lubablo Mabuyane Speech.

Click and listen: President-Minister Weil’s closing remarks on the joint declaration.

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