Minister in the Presidency
The cooperation between China and South Africa is in furtherance of achieving the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP). Vision 2030 requires foreign direct investment. So China being our biggest trading partner, we are strengthening our relationship. It means our objective of Vision 2030 - reducing unemployment, inequality as well as poverty - will be reached. We are very excited that our NDP will be reinforced by the strengthening and deepening of our economic relations.
The year 2014 was the Year of South Africa in China, while 2015 is the Year of China in South Africa. We have planned events in South Africa to celebrate this great occasion. It is a 12-month program indicative of the deepening of relations because these are not only the relations between the governments but also people-topeople interactions. It’s of vital importance so that we can understand each other’s cultures and philosophies.