|President Jacob Zuma and President Xi Jinping during the |
state banquet held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
South African President Jacob Zuma hosted his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, who is in South Africa on a State Visit, during which the two will host the Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit.
The heads of state evaluated the progress achieved by the bilateral relationship following the conclusion of the Five to Ten Year Strategic Programme for Co- operation adopted at the end of 2014, during Zuma's visit to the People's Republic of China.
A progress report outlined the goals achieved in the implementation of the strategic programme with specific reference to the six priority areas identified for 2015, including:
- Alignment of industries to accelerate South Africa's industrialisation process
- Enhancement of co-operation in special economic zones (SEZs)
- Enhancement of marine co-operation
- Infrastructure development
- Human resources co-operation
- Financial co-operationFollowing the progress made in these areas, a number of new and renewed agreements were signed today, including:
- Action Plan on the Strengthening of the Joint Working Group between China and South AfricaTo accelerate bilateral co-operation on major projects, both sides agreed to further strengthen the Joint Working Group through the action plan to emphasise the following aspects: locomotive procurement, civilian nuclear energy project, investment in renewable energy, investment co-operation in industrial parks, trade promotion, specifically focused on South African product expos and Chinese trade missions, promoting the export of South African products to China and co-operation in Black Industrialists Programmes; visa facilitation, financial cooperation and the upgrading of national electricity transmission and distribution system.