SA ‘key in international arena’

2011-04-15 08:41

South Africa is assuming an increasingly important position in the international arena, President Jacob Zuma said today.

“SA is ideally placed in the shifting poles of power, not only as an emerging market, but also as a leading economy in a continent that is home to approximately fifteen percent of the world’s population,” Zuma said in China during the Boao Asia Forum Meeting.

“We actively participate and contribute to positions formulated in global policy making and are supportive of the G20 agenda.”

He said domestically, SA was implementing programmes aimed at promoting inclusive growth through expanding development and access to social services for all, especially the poor, in order to improve their living conditions.

“As long as people lack adequate education and health care, infrastructure, access to land, capital, finance and market institutions, they simply cannot take advantage of growth.

“They are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, ” Zuma said.

He said to meet the need for a balanced and inclusive growth, SA has developed a strategy known as the new growth path with job creation as a focal point.

“To indicate our seriousness in this regard, we have declared 2011 as the year of job creation. Research has indicated that we can create jobs in six priority areas of the new growth path.”

The six priorities are infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing, the green economy and tourism.

SA is one of the non-permanent members on the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G20, and have now joined Brics, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China.

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