Brics di­a­logue adopts plan as Ma­gashule lauds ‘land re­form suc­cess’

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In his clos­ing ad­dress to the three­day Brics po­lit­i­cal par­ties plus di­a­logue (PPPD) yes­ter­day, ANC Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule lauded “the suc­cess­ful res­o­lu­tion of land re­form, es­pe­cially the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion” re­cently passed by Par­lia­ment. The ANC is com­mit­ted to it and it will go a long way to­wards ad­dress­ing in­equal­i­ties be­dev­illing our so­ci­ety, the party’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral told the gath­er­ing.

“The ANC is com­mit­ted and will go a long way in ad­dress­ing in­equal­i­ties be­dev­illing our so­ci­ety, con­sol­i­dat­ing a firm foun­da­tion for eco­nomic pros­per­ity,” said Ma­gashule. “Some of the mag­nif­i­cent and suc­cess­ful sto­ries of the Brics coun­tries on agrar­ian rev­o­lu­tion is a tes­ti­mony to the strate­gic ob­jec­tives we want to achieve. “The pro­found mes­sage from the Free­dom Char­ter is about the agrar­ian rev­o­lu­tion,


which nec­es­sar­ily is a foun­da­tion of all in­dus­tries. The agrar­ian rev­o­lu­tion was the be­gin­ning of our modern-day so­ci­ety,” he added. “We have said dur­ing the open­ing of this im­por­tant di­a­logue that the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion was an ad­vanced stage of agrar­ian rev­o­lu­tion.


“In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy is the ad­vanced stage of in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion and now ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is the ad­vanced stage of the in­for­ma­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion.

“This is the very same no­tion of the sci­en­tific for­mu­la­tion that the new does not nec­es­sar­ily oblit­er­ate the old.” The PPPD wrapped up its de­lib­er­a­tions by adopt­ing a 25-point plan, ti­tled the ‘Tshwane 2018 Com­mu­nique on Ad­dress­ing In­clu­sive Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Growth, Peace and Sta­bil­ity; Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and the 4th In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion’. At­tended by del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties from South Africa, Rus­sia, In­dia, China, An­gola, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Le­sotho, Malaysia, Zim­babwe, Venezuela, Pales­tine, Sahrawi Arab Repub­lic, Nicaragua, Namibia and Mozam­bique, the wa­ter­shed gath­er­ing also sought to ad­dress the threat of the re-emer­gence of global nar­row na­tion­al­ism, sanc­tions and regime change. On in­clu­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment growth, the gath­er­ing re­solved to es­tab­lish “com­mod­ity ex­change mech­a­nism in par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries that have a dom­i­nance in spe­cific re­sources”. The com­mu­nique reads: “Brics po­lit­i­cal par­ties plus di­a­logue must in­ten­sify in­trare­gional trade, in­clud­ing ad­vance­ment of eco­nomic sol­i­dar­ity. “There should be de­vel­op­ment and con­sol­i­da­tion of poli­cies that en­sure in­clu­siv­ity and broad eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion by all sec­tors of so­ci­ety to form a cor­ner­stone of our col­lec­tive strat­egy.”

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