Zuma deems China trip a success - CNBC Africa

Zuma deems China trip a success

Southern Africa

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China trip was a success: Zuma tells South Africa-China Business Forum . PHOTOS: GCIS

This follows official talks with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping during the two day visit in Beijing, China.

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President Zuma addressing the South Africa-China Business Forum said the positive outcomes of the visit were a true reflection of the strong deepening bilateral, trade and investment relations between South Africa and China. 

"The visit has significantly strengthened our relations with China who are ready to work with South Africa to effectively implement all the plans and agreements that we have signed, particularly the five to 10 Year Framework on Cooperation which aims to further enhance the implementation of the outcomes of the Bi-National Commission and the Inter-ministerial Joint Working Group established recently," said Zuma.

"We have signed several agreements that will deepen our relations and President Xi Jinping and his government declared that China was ready to invest and work with South Africa in various sectors such as infrastructure development, ocean and green economies, science and technology.”

Zuma added that China would invest in other important sectors to ensure that we achieve the objectives of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.  

Zuma said during the official talks with the Chinese leadership, the two governments had positive discussions on various issues affecting the African continent particularly the Ebola epidemic, infrastructure development as well as peace and security.

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 “This means that China shares our view that Ebola is not an African problem but a global challenge that requires a serious response by the world at large,” the President said.

He further encouraged the business sector to work together in realising the goals of the comprehensive strategic partnership framework.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome the government to government as well as private sector agreements entered into during this visit. The conclusion of these agreements is directly linked to our collective objectives, as laid out in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which guides our bilateral engagements," he added.

"The private sector agreements reflect progress in the drive to deliver on our mandate to eradicate unemployment and reduce poverty and inequality in South Africa.”

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