South Africa and Türkiye agree to advance cooperation in science and innovation


DATE:  13 January 2013
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South Africa and Türkiye agree to advance cooperation in science and innovation

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Türkiye that will see the two countries enhance their relationship in areas of science and innovation.

The MoU was signed during the visit of Türkiye's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Pretoria on 10 January.

South Africa and Türkiye have maintained maintain strategic bilateral political, economic and cultural relations since 1991.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has seen a gradual growth over recent years.  During the period April to November 2022, South African exports to Türkiye increased by approximately 18%. The signed MoU in science and innovation will see deepening of the cooperation relations between the two countries.

Both South Africa and Türkiye recognise the importance of science and technology in the development of their respective national economies, and the ability of science, technology, and innovation (STI) to improve the standard of living of communities. The partnership will promote inter-institutional cooperation, exchange of scientists, researchers, technical experts, scholars, joint research, as well as the exchange of science, innovation, and technological policy information in advancing science diplomacy between the two countries. Minister Nzimande believes the partnership will be mutually beneficial to both countries, particularly in the areas of joint research, capacity building and in advancement of scholarly cooperation in areas of STI.

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