The Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) unit plays an important function in the Office of the Premier.
The IGR unit in the Office of the Premier provides coordination in Cooperative Governance, Protocol and Government International engagements.
Activities include the following:
- Provide strategic advice and analysis on matters of intergovernmental relations, international affairs and protocol;
- Work to enhance inter-sphere collaboration and play a key role in the advancement of KwaZulu-Natal’s intergovernmental priorities;
- Support the Premier in providing leadership in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and enhance KwaZulu-Natal's international image and profile; and
- Lead the development of KwaZulu-Natal's overall intergovernmental strategy to support the three spheres of government in the advancement of the intergovernmental elements of key policy initiatives.
The IGR unit in the Office of the Premier is a Chief Directorate and comprises of the following three, dedicated, sub-directorates:
- Coordinate Intergovernmental relations for the province;
- Promotion of Intergovernmental cooperation through IGR protocols; and
- Support to the Premier & Director-General on facilitating inter-sphere & inter-sectoral inter-governmental cooperation
- Promote and strengthen relations with international stakeholders
- Negotiation and Facilitation of Provincial MOUs
- Promotion of International Relations that aligns the national policy and provincial needs and priorities
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PROTOCOL
- Provide Provincial Protocol Support Services
- Protocol support for provincial and international engagements
- Events Management and logistical support for IGR initiatives
Key Engagements since January 2015
Key Engagements since January 2015
PREMIER’S VISIT TO THE STATE OF MARYLAND IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
Strategic partnership with Maryland was established through signing of a cooperation arrangement
The KwaZulu-Natal Province, represented by the Office of the Premier, Department of Economic Development & Tourism, the Department of Arts and Culture, Sport & Recreation as well as Transnet, undertook an official visit to the State of Maryland in order to sign a cooperation arrangement.
The KwaZulu-Natal / Maryland cooperation arrangement focuses on economic development, tourism promotion, agricultural development & agribusiness, education & training exchange programmes, social development exchange programmes, port and maritime exchanges, heritage & cultural preservation exchange programmes and sport exchange programmes.
The following are the major findings as gathered from the evaluation of deliberations with the Maryland counterparts:
- Maritime cooperation between the Port of Durban and the Port of Baltimore serves as a solid foundation for the Province’s engagement with Maryland;
- Trade, tourism and economic exchanges between both regions offer foreign direct investment opportunities which will deepen and broaden the KwaZulu-Natal / Maryland cooperation; and
- Arts, cultural, sport and educational exchanges will promote social cohesion which will assist in building lasting friendships, world peace and prosperity.
KINSHASA MEC FOR FINANCE, ECONOMICS & TOURISM MEETS WITH MEC MABUYAKHULU
Facilitated through IGR in the Office of the Premier, Mr Guy Matondo Kingolo who is the Kinshasa MEC for Finance, Economics & Tourism met with KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs on 9 May 2015. The Kinshasa MEC also attended the Tourism Indaba from 9-11 May 2015 in Durban. Within the framework of the cooperation arrangement this engagement fulfils the project proposal which encourages exchanges in the areas of trade, investment and tourism.
THE AMBASSADOR OF CUBA MEETS WITH THE PREMIER
Mr Carlos Fernández de Cossío, ambassador of Cuba
Mr Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KZN
The formal meeting between the Premier and Ambassador of Cuba on 10 April 2015 encouraged exchange on bilateral cooperation programs between KwaZulu-Natal and Cuban provinces. In the spirit of promoting economic and commercial exchange between KwaZulu-Natal and Cuba, both parties agreed on a presentation from the Cuban Embassy to showcase its business opportunities. This meeting also alluded to preparations for the province to receive the Cuban delegation led by a representation of the Cuban Five Heroes.
GERMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DURBAN OFFICE HOSTS INAUGURAL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT WITH GERMAN AMBASSADOR DR HORST FREITAG
German Ambassador Dr Horst Freitag
Key Stakeholders of the German Chamber of Commerce
The stakeholder engagement meeting presented by the Ambassador of Germany on 15 April 2015 was attended by key representatives from the Office of the Premier. This meeting was organised by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry located in Durban. This engagement encouraged stakeholders to utilize the German Chamber of Commerce in province in pursuance of trade and investment exchanges between Germany and KwaZulu-Natal. Participants of this engagement were the SA-German Chamber members from Kwa-Zulu Natal, provincial government and Ethekwini Municipality representatives. The objective of this engagement was to strengthen the business relations that exist between KZN and Germany. This was also a platform for Ambassador Freitag to reassure both local and German businesses of his full support in maximizing the opportunities, and the structures within the business chambers to action them.
MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM THE FUJIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE
The Director-General met with the Deputy Director-General of the Fujian Foreign Affairs office on 17 April 2015. This meeting encouraged further cooperation between KwaZulu-Natal and Fujian Province (China) within the framework of the cooperation arrangement which currently exists and which is currently very active in the agricultural sector with the JUNCAO mushroom project.
THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF UNITED KINGDOM MEETS WITH THE PREMIER
The formal meeting between the Premier and High Commissioner of United Kingdom on 21 April 2015 alluded to some programs that are being offered by the British government which might benefit the province’s development objectives, including a program aimed at English teachers.The High Commissioner also mentioned that the British government will continue with its current bursary scheme for post-graduate students who want to study in the UK.
THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF CANADA MEETS WITH THE PREMIER
Mr Gaston Barban who is the High Commissioner of Canada met with Premier Mchunu on 26 May 2015. The meeting discussed the role Canada can play in assisting the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal with achieving some of its key objectives as well as cooperation in Trade between the Province and some potential Canadian Provinces.
RUSSIAN, GERMAN AND CZECH INVESTORS MEET WITH THE PREMIER
The Premier hosted a delegation comprising of investors from the Russian Federation, Czech Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany on 17 June 2015. The delegation expressed an interest in consummating a trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) partnership in relation to a project to build and establish an Aircraft Assembly and Manufacturing Plant in KwaZulu-Natal.
SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM IN KWAZULU-NATAL
The National Parliament of South Africa hosted a week-long SADC Parliamentary Forum (6 – 11 July) in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal.
The SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) is a Regional Parliamentary body for dialogue on issues of regional interest and concern. Currently, the SADC Parliamentary Forum has a membership of 14 Member Parliaments, representing more than 3,000 SADC Parliamentarians and Presiding Officers of Member Parliaments. In line with the Province’s efforts to strengthen relations with the member states of SADC, the National Parliament and the Office of the Premier co-hosted a SADC Parliamentary dinner for parliamentarians from the 14 member states of SADC on 9 July 2015 at the Zimbali Lodge. This initiative puts the province on the map since site visits for the delegation showcased KwaZulu-Natal’s strategic infrastructure, tourism and economic zones.
HOSTING THE CUBAN 5 DELEGATION IN KWAZULU-NATAL
Cuban five Heroes and Premier at Luthuli Museum
Hosted the Cuban Five delegation on 30 June 2015. The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government in collaboration with the ANC and its alliance partners coordinated a full day programme which involved various historic site visits, a political lecture and a dinner banquet in the evening. The programme was a great success.
THE AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA MEETS WITH THE PREMIER
On 9 September 2015, the Premier met with Mr Mikhail Ivanovich Petrakov who is the Ambassador of Russia based in Pretoria. The discussions were fruitful with key resolutions focusing on possible twinning of KwaZulu-Natal with a suitable Russian Province, the participation of the Premier in a Ministerial visit to Russia led by the DIRCO minister in order to strengthen the focus of the South Africa-Russia Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).
THE SA AMBASSADOR OF COMORO ISLANDS MEETS WITH IGR (OTP)
On 14 August 2015, Mr Mbulelo Bungane who is South Africa’s Ambassador in the Comoro Islands met with the Head of IGR in Office of the Premier in order to share information about the Island of Comoros and to promote cooperation with KwaZulu-Natal.
Located in a strategic position at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, the archipelago of the Comoros Islands consists of four islands: Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Moheli), Nzwani (Anjouan), and Mahore (Mayotte). The islands arose from the seabed of the Western Indian Ocean as the result of volcanic activity. Mayotte is the capital of Comoro Islands and the local language is French.
The country imports most of their goods. Fishing, maritime, agriculture, subsistence farming, banana farming, vanilla, cloves, eco-tourism, hospitality and recreation parks. Export opportunities relating to these sectors/products is something the province may consider in terms of cooperation with the Comoros Islands.
THE CHARGÉ D'AFFAIRES FROM THE SA EMBASSY IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SÂO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE MEETS WITH IGR (OTP)
On 14 August 2015, Mr Mambukwe who is South Africa’s Ambassador in the Democratic Republic of Sâo Tomé and Príncipe met with the Head of IGR in Office of the Premier in order to share information about the country and to promote cooperation with KwaZulu-Natal.
The Democratic Republic of Sâo Tomé And Príncipe was discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties’ precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003.
Mr Mambukwe had resolved to email more information to IGR (OTP) so that the province may consider cooperation with a suitable region in the Democratic Republic of Sâo Tomé And Príncipe.
THE CONSUL GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) MEETS WITH THE PREMIER
The Consul General of USA based in Durban hosted Premier Mchunu on 14 September 2015.
Supporting the Premier at this engagement was the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the Acting Director-General Mr Frikkie Brooks as well as senior officials coordinating the province’s HIV and AIDS strategy.
Also in attendance were visiting key representatives from American organisations known as the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), US Aid and Global Fund.
An overview of the several billion dollar US funded programmes in KwaZulu-Natal were provided. The above mentioned organisations are working closely with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) in order to ensure that their resources are adequately allocated to tackle the epidemic. Their objective is to ensure that assistance is rendered to the greatest degree possible.
PEPFAR also introduced a new HIV initiative in KwaZulu-Natal which is known as DREAMS. The acronym stands for Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe. DREAMS targets HIV prevention in adolescent girls and young women (10-24 year old age group). The target of DREAMS is to decrease the HIV prevalence by 25% in 2016 and 45% in 2017. If these targets are met, the DREAMS initiative will be rolled out to the remainder of South African provinces and to the rest of the world. Overall, the discussions were fruitful and the Premier pledged his support for the above mentioned programmes.