Mumbai: South Africa
has proposed the setting up of a joint shipping company with India and Brazil
and creation of a maritime highway as also an aviation hub linking India, Brazil
and South Africa.
can create a maritime highway and we are pursuing the issue very vigorously. We
can create an aviation hub," South Africa''s head of Asia and Middle East
section in the department of foreign affairs Jerry Matjila said ahead of the IBSA
shipping corporations in the three countries have submitted a joint proposal to
link Mumbai, Cape Town and Sao Paulo, to make the most of the countries'' vast
coastline, which put together will spread over nearly 17,000 km.
said the proposal would be placed before the leaders of the three countries when
they meet for the IBSA summit on October 17.
Africa is increasing aviation capacity with Latin America. We will soon be flying
to Argentina to increase capacity. We hear that one of the Indian airlines (believed
to be Jet Airways) will be flying from India to South Africa very soon. There
is a need to create such a capacity," Matjila said.
begin to therefore see the formation of new entities - South Africa-India or India-Brazil.
In the fifth year of IBSA we will begin to see real and concrete programmes begin
is a trilateral, developmental initiative between the three nations to promote
hope the heads will bless the proposal", Matjila said, adding that one or
two points were still to be clarified and the proposal would be concretised during
proposal would create a lot of opportunities for the business people in the three
countries and it could be broadened by inducting countries like Sri Lanka and
others, he said.
the aviation sector, Matjila said both India and South Africa are yet to take
full advantage of the potential, as the private sector capacity was yet to be
only South African carriers operate flights to India, there was no reciprocal
arrangement from the Indian side, he said, adding that if private operators have
capacity, India could allow them. "It is up to each national government to
take a decision on the issue", he said.
meetings have been planned as part of the IBSA gathering as heads of ministries,
business leaders, scientists and academics come together.
business forum in Sandton will see around 100 business people from India join
their Brazilian and South African counterparts to discuss translating IBSA agreements
into tangible business programmes.
seminar will highlight the gas-to-fuel and coal-to-fuel technologies pioneered
by South Africa and India and will encourage sharing of such technologies for
the benefit of all three partners in IBSA. A parliamentary forum and an academic
forum are also scheduled to take place
main IBSA Summit will be held October 17 where president Mbeki will invite the
chairpersons of these groups to meet the heads of state and government at the
presidential guesthouse in Pretoria. The leaders will also discuss important global
issues, including the reform of the United Nations for a fair global system of
governance and the stalled World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks.
over direct transport links between Brazil and India are among the highlights
of the IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) meet taking place in South Africa.