Zuma, Hu Jintao talk infrastructure
27 March 2012
South Africa.info - March 27, 2012
Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a courtesy call on South African President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea on Monday. The two discussed the development of China-SA ties, as well as South Africa's new infrastructure plans.
Zuma told Hu that China's contribution to South Africa's infrastructure plan, announced during Zuma's State of the Nation address in February, would be welcome.
"One of our key goals is to ensure the infrastructure plan helps to industrialise the South African economy further, including through the creation of a market for the manufacturing in South Africa of components and inputs for infrastructure," Zuma told his Chinese counterpart, adding: "China is an important potential partner.
China a strategic partner'
Zuma said China had vast experience in infrastructure and was a strategic partner of South Africa's in terms of the Beijing Declaration which the two countries signed in August 2010.
Zuma invited a team from the People's Republic of China to visit South Africa to be briefed further on the plan and to identify the opportunities for partnership and cooperation.