President Ramaphosa embarks on State Visit to China
President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Friday, 31 August 2018, departed from South Africa for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for a State Visit to be hosted by President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
President Ramaphosa will leverage this visit to step up his drive to attract investment into the South African economy to stimulate inclusive growth and create employment.
The President will position South Africa as an attractive destination for Chinese investors while facilitating opportunities for South African enterprises to engage in the Chinese economy through trade and investment.
President Ramaphosa will also mobilise Chinese financing for infrastructure development and promote South Africa as a desirable tourism destination for Chinese.
The President’s visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is at the invitation of President Xi Jinping and reciprocates President Ramaphosa’s hosting of his counterpart on a State Visit on 24 July 2018, on the eve of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.
The Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China enjoy strong ties, cemented by the recent State Visit in Pretoria.
Bilateral relations between the People’s Republic of China and South Africa are conducted through the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and are anchored in a shared history of friendship and solidarity.
The State Visit on Sunday, 2 September 2018 will commence with President Ramaphosa laying a wreath at the Monument of the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Chinese people’s wars for liberation, independence and freedom.
President Ramaphosa will thereafter meet with Premier Li Keqiang at the Diaoyutai State Guest House before attending the welcome ceremony hosted by President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
President Ramaphosa will also attend and co-chair the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit to take place from 3 to 4 September 2018 under the theme: “China and Africa: Towards and even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation”.
FOCAC, established in 2000, is a multilateral platform for exchange and cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and African countries that have formal diplomatic relationships with the PRC.
South Africa, as outgoing co-chair, will concentrate its efforts on ensuring a greater role for the African Union Commission in FOCAC, as well as on maintaining close relations with the regional economic communities and the AU’s flagship programme for socio-economic development, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by his spouse, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, and Ministers Lindiwe Sisulu of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor of Higher Education and Training, Rob Davies of Trade and Industry, Pravin Gordhan of Public Enterprises, Edna Molewa of Environmental Affairs, Gugile Nkwinti of Water and Sanitation, Blade Nzimande of Transport, Derek Hanekom of Tourism, Nhlanhla Nene of Finance, Ayanda Dlodlo of Public Service and Administration, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane of Science and Technology and Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheki Cele of Police and Gwede Mantashe of Mineral Resources.
Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President, on 072 854 5707.
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA