Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her Bahamian counterpart Fred Mitchell launched the Joint South Africa-Bahamas Bilateral Commission in Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday.
The agreement provides a legal framework for collaboration between the two countries in agriculture, arts and culture, education and health.
Dlamini-Zuma was on a three-day visit to the Bahamas, leading a government delegation comprising senior officials from the departments of foreign affairs, education, agriculture, health and arts and culture.
Speaking at the signing, she said the need to create the commission was agreed on when President Thabo Mbeki visited the Bahamas in 2003.
“During his state visit to the Bahamas, President Mbeki paid tribute to the role that your country had played in the liberation struggle and expressed the wish that our two countries and peoples strengthen their relations of co-operation and solidarity.
“Today, not even two years later, we can say that our relations have reached a stage of maturity where we are able to engage with each other on issues close to our hearts,” said Dlamini-Zuma.