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South African deputy minister visits UPD

In photo from left to right are: Le Roux, Lambrechts. Nyamande-Pitso, Saloma, Ebrahim, Banzon, Atienza and

(September 26)—On September 25 South African officials led by Hon. Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO), paid a courtesy call on UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma before conducting a lecture entitled “South-Africa’s Foreign Policy: A Vision for South-South Cooperation” at the audio-visual room of the Department of Political Science, Faculty Center, which focused on South Africa and Africa’s strategic relations with Asia.

The lecture was coordinated by the Third World Studies Center (TWSC) and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s Political Science Department through Dr. Maria Ela Atienza, and is a partnership between UPD, the South African Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Foreign Service Institute.

Accompanying Ebrahim were Carl le Roux, Deputy Director, Directorate Southeast Asia, Desk Officer (DIRCO), Ahmed Seedat, Deputy Director, Office of the Deputy Minister (DIRCO), South African Ambassador to the Philippines Hon. Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and Hugo Lambrechts, Counsellor (South African Embassy). Saloma was joined by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald Banzon and Atienza.

The lecture is part of Ebrahim’s working visit to the Philippineswith the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries.—AKR