Ja­cob Zuma

South African Pres­i­dent

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We are pleased that China is keen to share lessons and co­op­er­ate with us in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our am­bi­tious blue econ­omy pro­gram, Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa. This pro­gram will ini­tially be im­ple­mented in two sec­tors - the ocean econ­omy and health, es­pe­cially clin­ics. We chose the ocean econ­omy with good rea­son. South Africa’s coast­line, ap­prox­i­mately 3,924 km long, is yet rel­a­tively un­ex­plored in terms of its eco­nomic po­ten­tial. In 2010, oceans con­trib­uted ap­prox­i­mately 54 bil­lion rand ($4.66 bil­lion) to the econ­omy and ac­counted for 316,000 jobs.

To tap into them, the gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied four pri­or­ity sec­tors: marine trans­port and man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as coastal ship­ping, trans-ship­ment, boat build­ing, re­pair and re­fur­bish­ment; off­shore oil and gas ex­plo­ration; aqua­cul­ture and marine pro­tec­tion ser­vices; and ocean gov­er­nance. It is es­ti­mated that the oceans have the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute ap­prox­i­mately 177 bil­lion rand ($15.26 bil­lion) and cre­ate up to 1 mil­lion direct jobs. We look for­ward to work­ing with China in mov­ing Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa for­ward.

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