Published On: Wed, Jan 24th, 2018

SA Davos delegation holds key bilateral meetings

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, has made the most of the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 in Davos, Switzerland to position itself as an attractive investment destination and trade partner.

A delegation from the country has reached out to international partners at the event that brings together political, business and broader civil society leadership under the theme, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”

The forum presents South Africa with various platforms to outline efforts to secure sustainable and inclusive economic growth, address governance weaknesses in the public and private sectors and to contribute positively to the development of solutions to global challenges.

It comes at a time efforts have been heightened to eradicate the culture of corruption, seen as among the biggest hindrances to economic growth.

On Tuesday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ministerial delegation participated in a range of public forums and bilateral meetings.

Ramaphosa held bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President João Lourenco of Angola and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia.

He also met Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar.

Furthermore, Ramaphosa met WEF Founder and Executive Director Prof Klaus Schwab.

He lauded the WEF’s continued support for and commitment to the development of Africa.

Ramaphosa was on Wednesday scheduled to contribute in a breakfast session entitled “Building Peace in Africa.”

Various interactions by Ministers and discussions between South African businesses and international partners will complement the event.

Ramaphosa will hold discussions Denmark Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

South Africa is utilising WEF Davos 2018 to bring attention to the significant centenary celebrations of late iconic global leader, Nelson Mandela.

– CAJ News

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