Jeff Radebe

Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency

ChinAfrica - - Cover Story -

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.

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