South Africa, China to revamp 10-year strategic cooperation plan

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

South Africa and China are working on a new 10-year strategic program for cooperation, as the current one nears its end.

The new plan will focus on collaboration in areas including higher education, skills transfer, health, the digital economy, science and technology, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said at an online briefing hosted by the Chinese Embassy on Monday.

"We hope to sign this before the end of the year," he said.

South Africa has been China's biggest trading partner in Africa for 10 years and China the largest recipient of South African goods and services for 11 years, Chen Xiaodong, China’s recently appointed ambassador to South Africa, said at the briefing. In 2019, total trade was $43.2 billion between the two nations.

An initial five- to 10-year strategic program was adopted at the end of 2014, during a visit by former South African President Jacob Zuma to China.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.89
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
21.03
+0.5%
Rand - Euro
17.88
+0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.29
-0.6%
Rand - Yen
0.14
+0.3%
Gold
1,784.26
+0.3%
Silver
22.54
+0.7%
Palladium
1,846.97
-0.4%
Platinum
958.00
+1.7%
Brent Crude
73.08
+4.6%
Top 40
66,514
+3.0%
All Share
72,939
+2.7%
Resource 10
70,120
+4.0%
Industrial 25
96,001
+2.8%
Financial 15
14,195
+0.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot