Ramaphosa returns from China

2015-07-19 15:32
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Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday returned from his official visit to China, where he held political and economic talks with his counterpart, his office said.

"The bilateral discussions with Vice President Li Yuanchao and Premier Li Kieqang reaffirmed the important strategic relationship between South Africa and China," Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement.

"China will continue to work with South Africa in implementing the five to 10-year strategic programme of co-operation signed during the South Africa state visit to China in December 2014."

During the visit the Chinese Academy of Governance agreed to place South African government officials and business leaders on a training and skills development programme.

The details would be finalised by South Africa's National School of Government and the Chinese academy, Mamoepa said.

A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Public Enterprises and Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission on the management of state-owned enterprises was also extended during the visit.

"This aims to enhance the capacity of the state to position SOEs to drive industrialisation and unlock private sector investment between the two countries," Mamoepa said.

Ramaphosa met representatives of some Chinese companies, who expressed an interest in establishing or expanding existing operations in South Africa. Several undertook to train young South Africans in China.

Ramaphosa was joined on his trip by delegation of senior government officials and executives of several state-owned enterprises. They included Telkom, Eskom, Denel, the SA Bureau Standards, Transnet, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), the Mpumalanga Economic Development Agency, and the Industrial Development Corporation.

Mamoepa said the visit allowed the delegation to examine how the Chinese model of state-owned enterprises could help South Africa.

Ramaphosa was in China at the same time that a group of 10 South African tourists were arrested by the Chinese government. Last week, NGO Gift of the Givers called on Ramaphosa to intervene, but the Department of International Relations and Co-operation handled the matter.

The first group of South Africans arrived back in the country on Friday, Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said.

According to Eyewitness News the second group arrived on Saturday evening.

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