About Dialogue Facility
The Dialogue Facility contributes to the strengthening of relations between the European Union and South Africa. Its purpose is to facilitate the implementation of priority aspects of the SA-EU Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) and the Strategic Partnership Action Plan (SPAP) and raise awareness of the special relationship between the EU and South Africa.
The Dialogue Facility supports political dialogue and cooperation in bilateral, regional, African and global matters between the Government of South Africa and the European Union (and its Member States).
Political dialogue and cooperation have already increased through regular high level political dialogue meetings, such as ministerial meetings and annual summits. Furthermore, and in order to fully implement the SA-EU Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) and the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Action Plan (SPAP), a number of functional dialogue forums have been established or are in the process of being established.
Through its Programme Management Unit the Dialogue Facility contributes to establishing and developing functional dialogue forums. The Dialogue Facility is designed to support both existing and emerging dialogues by providing technical assistance resources in the form of expertise and resources for related costs.
The Dialogue Facility will help contribute to activities directly associated with the process of establishment and development of functional dialogue forums.
The TDCA and the SPAP encourage cooperation between equal partners in a number of areas in the economic, social and cultural fields. The list of areas with potential for increased dialogue is open-ended and the areas should be consistent with the objectives of the TDCA and the SPAP.