SA's New Minister Of Communications In Talks About ICT Collaboration With China
According to a statement released by the Department of Communications (DOC), Ndabeni-Abrahams made these comments at an SA and China roundtable discussion on Friday the 23rd November 2018, when she emphasised the considerable importance of a partnership between the two nations.
The minister's statements echo President Cyril Ramaphosa's sentiments.
In July South Africa’s president commented on the importance of nurturing international relationships in order to achieve success in technology and science-driven projects, adding that SA plans to deepen its relations with China further.
At the recent discussions with China Ndabeni-Abrahams was joined by an esteemed Chinese delegation that included Gao Xiang, the Vice-Minister from the Bureau of International Cooperation of the Cyberspace Administration of China.
According to the DOC, the roundtable meeting was an avenue to strengthen relations both at business and governmental levels by sharing lessons and information on the growth of ICT and other relevant industries.
The areas that were identified for possible collaboration include cybersecurity, the digital economy and e-government.
The department said that the delegates agreed that partnerships and collaboration are crucial to building robust industries that are capable of creating jobs and contributing to the growth of the economy.
The department added that South Africa and China enjoy good trade relations, with bilateral trade volumes reaching approximately $39.17 billion in 2017.
According to a report issued by Stats SA, China has been South Africa's most significant trade partner for almost nine consecutive years, and South Africa has kept its position as China's largest trade partner in Africa for over eight years.
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