Bilateral Relations

In October 2018 Mexico and South Africa celebrated their Twenty-Fifth anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, whereby a series of activities are carried out until September 2019.
In October 2014, the Military and Air Attachés office at this Embassy was opened.

Political Dialogue

Mexican Ambassadors in South Africa have met with various partners within the South African government during their leadership. In this sense, strategic approaches were initiated to promote the G20 agenda during the Mexican Presidency (2012).
The G20 offered an additional platform to maintain contacts at the highest level. South Africa had an active participation during the Mexican Presidency of the G20, with the presence of the South African President, the Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and the Minister of Finance, among others.
The President of Mexico chaired the Mexican delegation that attended the memorial service of former South African President Nelson Mandela, held at the FNB Stadium on December 10, 2013.
In 2014 priority was given to follow up on the agreements reached during the First Meeting of the Bi-national Commission in 2010. The Subcommittees for Technical Cooperation – Scientific and Technological - and Economic Affairs held their session September 26th, 2014 in Pretoria.
The Bi-national Commission was also held October 17th, 2014 in Pretoria. One of the agreements signed following the Bi-national Commission highlights the Action Plan Mexico-South Africa “Towards a Priority Relationship 2014-2016”, in which the priorities of the bilateral relations are detailed.
From 2015 to 2019 both countries have organized activities of cooperation agreed upon in the Bi-national Commission, particularly in the fields of health, natural heritage, traditional agriculture, gastronomy and other cultural activities.
Mexico and South Africa have also shared experiences on sustainable development, migration, human rights and other priorities of the multilateral agenda.
In July 2015, the Chancellor of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), heir of the oldest University in the Americas and by itself the largest and most important of Mexico, signed general agreements with the University of Witwatersrand, the University of South Africa, the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town.
With Witts the UNAM has also signed an addendum to that general agreement which allowed the opening of the Centre for Mexican Studies in its campus in Johannesburg that aims to promote Spanish, Mexican culture and student and researchers’ mobility between Mexico and South Africa.
At the parliamentary level, the visit by the Chair of the Committee for Foreign Affairs to Africa, Senator Margarita Flores and Vice President of the Board of the Chamber of Deputies, Aleida Alavez, was highlighted to participate in the opening session of the Pan-African Parliament, held in April 2013. This was the first contact between the Mexican Congress and the Parliamentary Body of the African Union. The second one took place in August 2017, when the President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Mexican Senate, Gabriela Cuevas Barron was the Special Guest at the opening session of the Pan-African Parliament.

Legal Framework

Since the establishment of relations between Mexico and South Africa, both countries have established a comprehensive legal framework that allows a fruitful bilateral interchange.
Prior to the Second Bi-national Meeting, the following treaties were signed: 1) General Cooperation Agreement (1998); 2) Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of a Mechanism of Consultation in Matters of Mutual Interest (May 2011); 3) Executive Program of Cultural Cooperation (October 2004); 4) Technical Cooperation Agreement on Social Development (October 2006); 5) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Chapingo and the Free State (March 2006); 6) Cooperation Agreement on Species Conservation between the Chapultepec Zoo and the Pretoria Zoo (May, 2007); 7) Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of a Mexico-South Africa Bi-national Commission (February 2009); 8) Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion (February 2009); 9) Mexico-South Africa Joint Declaration: Towards a Priority Relationship (April 2010); Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (April 2010).
Within the framework of the Second meeting of the BNC, the following legal instruments were signed:

  • Treaty on Extradition (by cross signatures, 2014).
  • Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (by cross signatures, 2014).
  • Final Act of the Second Mexico-South Africa Bi-national Commission, signed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries (October 2014).
  • Action Plan: Mexico-South Africa towards a Priority Relationship 2014-2016, signed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries (October 2014).
  • Memorandum of Understanding between ProMexico and Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), signed by the Director of ProMexico, Francisco Gonzalez, and his counterpart Yunus Hoosen (October 2014).
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Bancomext and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) of South Africa, signed by its Managing Director, Enrique de la Madrid, and K. Kutuane (October 2014).
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of the United Mexican States and the Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa in Tourism Cooperation (January 2014).
  • Specific Program of Cooperation in Tourism 2015-2016 (October 2014).
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Academic and Diplomatic Cooperation signed between the diplomatic academies of the two countries (October 2014).
  • Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Environment of the Federal District and the Executive Director of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (September 2014).

Additionally, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs issued a Unilateral Declaration on the abolition of visas on South African diplomatic passports on October 17th, 2014.
The third meeting of the Bi-National Commission will be held in Mexico City.