Cooperation Agreement Between South Africa and Cuba on Animal and Plant Health

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The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development of South Africa and the Ambassador of Cuba signed an agreement focusing on cooperation in animal and plant health matters. Key areas of cooperation include information exchange on diseases and pests, regulations, and mutual assistance in training programs. Progress has been made with the ratification process underway, leading to the establishment of a Joint Working Committee and potential visits to enhance agricultural sectors.


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  1. BRIEFING TO THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM REGARDING THE TABLING OF SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA ON COOPERATION IN MATTERS OF ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH Date: 20 FEBRUARY 2024

  2. Contents Background Areas of Cooperation Progress to Date Outstanding Actions Anticipated impact to South Africa Conclusions

  3. Background The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) of the Republic of South Africa and the Ambassador of Cuba to South Africa, H.E. Enrique Orta Gonz lez signed an agreement on cooperation in matters of animal and plant health in July 2022. The objective of the Agreement is to coordinate, promote and develop cooperation programmes between the Parties. The agreed upon programmes will further advance their bilateral relations in matters of animal and plant health.

  4. Areas of Cooperation The Agreement identifies the following areas of cooperation: o Information on animal diseases and plant pests; o Regulations on diseases originating based on pests requiring quarantines and pests that are controlled without the necessity of quarantine, from the territory of one Party to the territory of the other Party; o The exchange, whenever possible, of information about measures for the control and prevention of pests and diseases; and o Providing mutual assistance for training programmes and in the research of animal and plant health problems.

  5. Progress to Date In November 2023 the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development signed letters for transmission to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces to table the signed agreement. The Department received a communication from Cuba confirming ratification of the agreement on their side.

  6. Outstanding Actions Once SA ratify the agreement the following actions will take place: Establishment of the Joint Working Committee (JWC) Action plan will be drafted and identify the possible project for implementation. Possible visits by both sides to have an overview each other s agricultural sectors.

  7. Anticipated Impact to South Africa The Agreement will strengthen bilateral relations with Cuba and contribute to the new market for South African agricultural products. It will afford the county an opportunity to achieve the objective of the Agriculture and Agro-processing Master Plan which focuses on strategic value chain development and expanded contribution to the economy.

  8. Conclusions Ratification of the agreement by the country will unlock the processes that will allow implementation.

  9. THANK YOU

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