Things went well for Africa at G20, says JZ

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THE Ger­man pres­i­dency of the G20 last week man­aged to build on the achieve­ments of the last sum­mit in China which had em­pha­sised sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Africa, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma said yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment is­sued by the Pres­i­dency af­ter his re­turn from the sum­mit in Hamburg, Zuma said the meet­ing had re­sulted in pos­i­tive out­comes to a large de­gree as G20 lead­ers dis­cussed and agreed on var­i­ous de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues that would ben­e­fit the African con­ti­nent.

“De­spite dis­agree­ments on cer­tain is­sues, the sum­mit man­aged to dis­cuss and agree on var­i­ous de­vel­op­men­tal mat­ters that would be of ad­van­tage to South Africa and the African con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing the launch of the G20 Africa part­ner­ship. This pro­gramme was launched in recog­ni­tion of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges on the African con­ti­nent as well as the goals of the United Na­tions So­cial De­vel­op­ment Agenda 2030,” he said.

“It was agreed that this ini­tia­tive would be based on equal part­ner­ships and will be in line with the African Union Agenda 2063. The part­ner­ship will fur­ther serve our na­tional in­ter­est as it will gen­er­ate sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment, con­trib­ute to cre­ate de­cent em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic ad­vance­ment for women and youth, as well as al­le­vi­ate poverty and in­equal­ity.”

Among other is­sues dis­cussed dur­ing the sum­mit were sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, cli­mate and en­ergy.

De­spite dif­fer­ences on cli­mate and en­ergy mat­ters, in­clud­ing the de­ci­sion of the US to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment, the ma­jor­ity of lead­ers re­mained com­mit­ted to the agree­ment as it rep­re­sented the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­dress the threats posed by cli­mate change.

The lead­ers reaf­firmed their strong com­mit­ment to the Paris Agree­ment and agreed on full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment and also agreed to the G20 Hamburg Cli­mate and En­ergy Ac­tion Plan for Growth, Zuma said. – ANA

‘It will help cre­ate work for women and for youth’

PIC­TURE: KOPANO TLAPE / GCIS

‘POS­I­TIVE OUT­COMES’: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma talks to the host and chair­per­son of the 2017 G20 lead­ers sum­mit, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, at the fi­nal ses­sion of the sum­mit in Hamburg on Satur­day.

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