China has key role in lead­er­ship

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By MOJINGXI mojingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

South Africa ex­pects China to play a big­ger role in en­hanc­ing the voice and rep­re­sen­ta­tion rights of African coun­tries in international or­ga­ni­za­tions, to pro­mote amore­just and fair global or­der, South African am­bas­sador to China, DolanaMsi­mang said.

It is also ex­pected that global lead­ers at­tend­ing the sum­mit will dis­cuss and agree on a new­path to rein­vig­o­rate global eco­nomic growth, and mea­sures to make global eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial gov­er­nance more ef­fi­cient, she said.

The sum­mit’s theme is “build­ing an in­no­va­tive, reini­tial­ized, in­ter­con­nected and in­clu­sive world econ­omy”.

“China came up with a bril­liant theme that ad­dresses the all-round chal­lenges of to­day,” Msi­mang said, not­ing that in­clu­sive­ness is es­pe­cially im­por­tant.

The num­ber of de­vel­op­ing na­tions in­vited to this year’s G20 Sum­mit is larger than for any pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

De­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries will sit down as equal part­ners and ex­plore how to re­al­ize long-term and steady world eco­nomic growth, which show­cases that the sum­mit is much more rep­re­sen­ta­tive and in­clu­sive, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said ear­lier.

The am­bas­sador be­lieves that China has a lot to share with her coun­try and other de­vel­op­ing na­tions be­cause “it has the ex­pe­ri­ence of mov­ing from a poor coun­try to the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy”.

While some are pes­simistic on the Chi­nese econ­omy as it slows down, Msi­mang thinks it re­mains ro­bust and is one of the (main) en­gines of global growth.

“Some of the slow­down is de­lib­er­ate and it is part of the de­vel­op­ment of the Chi­nese econ­omy,” she said, adding that South Africa ben­e­fits from China’s trans­fer of in­dus­tries to the African con­ti­nent.

But her coun­try will also take care of the en­vi­ron­ment since it has learnt from the lessons of China, she added.

South Africa is a late­comer of the BRICS group of na­tions, but Msi­mang thinks BRICS is still an im­por­tant plat­form for emerg­ing economies de­spite the eco­nomic slow­down in some of its mem­ber states.

“It is a highly im­por­tant for­mat to align ap­proaches to­wards key international prob­lems within its frame­work,” she said.

More­over, the BRICS New De­vel­op­ment Bank is also an al­ter­na­tive to other in­sti­tu­tions. South Africa has asked the NDB for $250 mil­lion of fund­ing to con­nect new power plants to the na­tional grid, ac­cord­ing to the am­bas­sador.

Dur­ing the Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit for the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion last year, Pres­i­den­tXi Jin­ping put for­ward 10 ma­jor plans to boost co­op­er­a­tion with Africa in the next three years. Xi also pledged that China would pro­vide a $60 bil­lion in­vest­ment pack­age.

Ac­cord­ing to Msi­mang, the plans are highly com­pat­i­ble with Africa’s ef­forts to re­move the three bot­tle­necks hin­der­ing its de­vel­op­ment: the lack of in­fra­struc­ture, in­ad­e­quate pro­fes­sional and skilled per­son­nel, and lack of fi­nan­cial in­puts.

“I think that un­like some other pow­ers, China does not seek to use de­vel­op­ment aid to in­flu­ence the do­mes­tic pol­i­tics of African coun­tries or dic­tate poli­cies,” she said. “In­stead, it truly hopes to help Africa achieve bet­ter de­vel­op­ment while avoid­ing med­dling with the in­ter­nal af­fairs of African coun­tries through con­di­tional aid.”

DOLANA MSI­MANG South African Am­bas­sador to China

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