Johannesburg - South Africa and Indonesia agreed to
strengthen their bilateral relations to improve trade at the second session of
the Joint Trade Committee held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, the
department of trade and industry said.
Trade Minister Rob Davies and his counterpart Gita Wirjawan
co-chaired the meeting, where market access and import regulation were
Davies said in a statement that emerging economies needed to
work together to establish objectives.
"These will enable us to develop our economies, create
employment for our people, and raise their living standards," he said.
South Africa could act as a gateway for foreign investors in
"We make a distinction between being gate keepers and
gateway," Davies said.
"We do not try to say that any other player has got to
relate to other countries on the African continent through us."