Dolana Msi­mang

ChinAfrica - - OPINION -

south african am­bas­sador to china

South Africa hosted the Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit of FOCAC in De­cem­ber 2015, un­der the theme Africa-china Pro­gress­ing To­gether: Win-win Co­op­er­a­tion for Com­mon De­vel­op­ment. The sum­mit fur­ther con­sol­i­dated the part­ner­ship be­tween Africa and China through South-south co­op­er­a­tion, with a spe­cial fo­cus on in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and re­gional in­te­gra­tion of economies in Africa. It was the first FOCAC sum­mit on African soil that led to ma­jor break­throughs as we stepped up our ef­forts to bring more mean­ings to Africachina sol­i­dar­ity through con­crete busi­ness and com­mer­cial ven­tures.

At the Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping made con­crete prom­ises to Africa. He pledged $60 bil­lion to en­sure that we re­move all these im­ped­i­ments that pre­vent Africa from de­vel­op­ing at the pace it is sup­posed to de­velop at. China has now made a very big foot­print in Africa, es­pe­cially with re­gards to in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, agri­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture mod­ern­iza­tion in par­tic­u­lar, and man­u­fac­tur­ing, and al­most at ev­ery cor­ner of Africa the sig­nif­i­cance of China has been felt very pos­i­tively. Some African coun­tries have seen their roads be­ing built, some have seen their air­ports or par­lia­ment build­ings be­ing con­structed. These have been sig­nif­i­cant in­puts by China.

South Africa will con­tinue to ac­tively drive Africa’s re­gional in­te­gra­tion ef­forts, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing the con­ti­nen­tal north-south rail and road links, ex­pand­ing ports and en­ergy ca­pac­ity, and [im­prov­ing] skills.

This di­rectly speaks to the African Union Agenda 2063, which is at the core of South Africa’s for­eign pol­icy.

The in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion ef­fort of African is de­pen­dent on var­i­ous coun­tries’ abil­ity to at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment. China is strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned to co­op­er­ate with Africa to re­al­ize its dreams in this re­gard. Part­ner­ing with China will yield more real re­sults if the in­vest­ments can cre­ate lo­cal em­ploy­ment in a so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able way.

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