Wa­ter agree­ment takes cen­tre stage in China

Vuk'uzenzele - - Gryeonluaetrihaonlfsoc/ Uafsrica -

South Africa and the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China have signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) re­lat­ing to wa­ter re­sources.

The MOU seeks to es­tab­lish and re­in­force co-op­er­a­tion be­tween South Africa and China on the ef­fi­cient util­i­sa­tion, man­age­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of wa­ter re­sources.

In the agree­ment the two gov­ern­ments agreed on ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion.

These in­clude en­act­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion of wa­ter poli­cies, laws and reg­u­la­tions; in­te­grated man­age­ment and util­i­sa­tion of wa­ter re­sources; com­pre­hen­sive river basin plan­ning; com­pre­hen­sive util­i­sa­tion of rain wa­ter; and plan­ning, de­sign­ing, con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of wa­ter-re­lated in­fra­struc­ture.

The ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion also in­clude small hy­dropower de­vel­op­ment; hy­drol­ogy and wa­ter re­sources mon­i­tor­ing; ground­wa­ter util­i­sa­tion, pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment; flood con­trol, drought re­lief and disas­ter mit­i­ga­tion; cli­mate change im­pacts on wa­ter re­sources and coun­ter­mea­sures; co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional wa­ter events; train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing.

The work­ing agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries came dur­ing Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s State Visit to the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China where he co-chaired a two-day Bei­jing Sum­mit of the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC) with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said the di­a­logue dur­ing the Bei­jing sum­mit re­flects the unique and strate­gic na­ture of the part­ner­ship be­tween Africa and China.

“Through FOCAC and other fo­rums, China has worked to en­sure that Africa’s de­vel­op­ment is prom­i­nent on the in­ter­na­tional agenda.”

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said the con­ti­nent ap­pre­ci­ated the de­ci­sion made by China to pro­vide new fund­ing to African coun­tries to the value of $60 bil­lion and to in­vest in ini­tia­tives in ar­eas such as in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, in­fra­struc­ture, hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment, health care, the green econ­omy, and peace and se­cu­rity.

Pres­i­dent Xi said China stands ready to strengthen com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion with African coun­tries to build a path of high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ment that is suited to re­spec­tive na­tional con­di­tions, in­clu­sive and ben­e­fi­cial to all.

FOCAC was for­mally founded in 2000. Since then, China and African coun­tries have held the 2006 Bei­jing sum­mit and the 2015 Jo­han­nes­burg sum­mit, which have pro­moted co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries. www.SAnews.gov.za

AFRICAN lead­ers were at the fore­front of build­ing re­la­tions with Pres­i­dent Xi Jing­ping.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jing­ping and Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa co-chaired the two day Bei­jing Sum­mit of the Fo­rum on China Africa Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC).

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