The envoy said South Africa is in a very advanced process of introducing e-visa within 2020
South Africa has been considering to open a diplomatic mission in Dhaka to increase its socioeconomic relations with Bangladesh and enhance its presence in the global arena.
“Politically, a decision is there that we will open an embassy in Dhaka. But, like any configuration, it comes from a financial implication. And at present, South Africa is relooking our global presence,” said Ambassador Dr Anil Sooklal at a lecture session in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Sooklal is the deputy director general for Asia Pacific and the Middle East of Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized the lecture on --Commemorating the Silver Jubilee of Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and Bangladesh -- at its auditorium.
“I think, after 25 years of democracy and having established our presence globally, it will be a time to revitalize it. I can assure you that if we open any new office in Asia, it will be in Bangladesh,” Sooklal said.
He said they discussed it at a meeting on Tuesday about opening an embassy in Bangladesh.
“We have a political agenda and decision that we will have to open an embassy in Dhaka,” he added.
The South African envoy acknowledged that Bangladesh people are now facing difficulties in processing visa application from Colombo.
Noting that South Africa will shift this responsibility to New Delhi from Colombo soon, he said, "South Africa is in a very advanced process of introducing e-visa within the next year to alleviate much of challenges you are facing now in terms of getting visa.”
Chaired by Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, the lecture session, was also addressed, by BIISS Director General AKM Abdur Rahman.