SA chairs meet­ing to re­in­force Africa, China ties

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BEI­JING: THE Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co- op­er­a­tion, Maite Nkoana- Masha­bane, co- chaired the Co-or­di­na­tors Meet­ing of the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co-op­er­a­tion (Fo­cac), here yes­ter­day.

South Africa and China will be the co-chairs of Fo­cac un­til the year 2018.

The Fo­cac Co- or­di­na­tors meet­ing was sched­uled to as­sess the progress in terms of im­plemeta­tion af­ter the com­mit­ments made at the Jo­han­nes­burg sum­mit in De­cem­ber.

Fo­cac meet­ings are aim at re­in­forc­ing friend­ship and co-op­er­a­tion between the gov­ern­ments and peo­ple of Africa and China.

This refers in par­tic­u­lar to large in­fra­struc­ture pro­grammes that com­ple­ment those iden­ti­fied within the AU’s vi­sion for the next 50 years, Agenda 2063.

At­ten­tion is given to im­ple­men­ta­tion and util­i­sa­tion of the Fo­cac Fund.

This was an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping dur­ing the Joburg sum­mit.

While in China, the min­is­ter also held dis­cus­sions with her coun­ter­parts at the Min­istries of For­eign Af­fairs and Com­merce to re­view the sta­tus of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 23 agree­ments signed dur­ing Xi’s state visit to South Africa in De­cem­ber.

Af­ter her work­ing visit to China, Nkoana- Masha­bane will travel to Jakarta, In­done­sia, to de­liver an ad­dress on be­half of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, at the Open­ing Ses­sion of the 12th World Is­lamic Eco­nomic Fo­rum on Tues­day. The theme is De­cen­tral­is­ing Growth and Em­pow­er­ing Fu­ture Busi­ness.

The World Is­lamic Eco­nomic Fo­rum brings to­gether govern­ment lead­ers, cap­tains of in­dus­try, aca­demics, re­gional ex­perts, pro­fes­sion­als and cor­po­rate man­agers to dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness part­ner­ships in the Mus­lim world. – ANA

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