n Latin American Report - South African relations with Latin America and the Caribbean : research article

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



South Africa and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have many existing and potential areas of co-operation. Besides geographic location in the southern, developing section of the globe, there is a like-mindedness on global, social and economic issues, which is based on parallels in our histories and the developmental problems that beset us. <br>The recent history of democratisation in South Africa and in the Western Hemisphere provides the platform for greater co-operation where previously differences of language, colonial heritage, legal system and lack of familiarity have kept us apart. <br>The recognition that the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America has a role to play in achieving the African Renaissance, and the applicability of South African mining and engineering technology in exploiting the mineral wealth of the region, are but two examples of the opportunities for developing closer relations with our western neighbours across the South Atlantic. <br>The political will is increasing and it is for all role-players to exploit the opportunities and the existing goodwill.

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