The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

We must make Africa a better place

 

Seated (l-r) HE Mr Mubarak Salim Ali Al-Zakwani, Sultanate of Oman, HE Mrs E Malejaka Letooane, Kingdom of Lesotho, HE Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, HE Mrs Salamata Sawadogo Tapsoba, Burkina Faso and HE Mr Abdel Hafiz Nofal, State of Palestine

Standing (l-r) HE Mr M Camara, Republic of Guinea, HE Mr SD Dejoie, Republic of Haiti, HE Mr Najm us Saqib, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, HE Mr Omer Mohamed Ahmad Siddig, Republic of Sudan, He Mr Mulugeta Kelil Beshir, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, HE Mr C  Mhadjou, Union of Comoros and HE Mr Voradet Viravakin, Kingdom of Thailand

 

6 March 2014

 
Pretoria – South Africa will continue to lend a hand to African institutions to ensure that the dream of a better Africa is realised, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.
 
Speaking after receiving letters of credence from ambassadors and high commissioners designate at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, President Zuma said South Africa would continue to forge bilateral relations with their countries and others to ensure that Africa becomes a developed continent.
 
This, he said, would advance the African agenda of peace and political stability.
 
The President said this after welcoming ambassadors and high commissioners from Sudan, Palestine, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Ethiopia, Guinea, Thailand, Oman, Pakistan, Haiti and Lesotho to South Africa.
 
Ambassadors and high commissioners designate presented their letters of credentials to the President before he addressed them on Thursday morning.
 
President Zuma said after South Africa’s May 7 elections, government had plans to participate in all relevant institutions to make Africa a better place to live in.
 
“In the next five years, we will continue to promote the quest for African solutions for African problems.
 
“We will continue to strengthen African Union institutions so that the AU can better serve the interests of Africa’s people and to promote democracy and good governance.
 
“We will contribute to the African agenda for industrialisation and regional integration for sustainable and inclusive development,” he said.
 
He also said South Africa will continue to cooperate with African countries to explore economic opportunities, and added that 40 SA companies are currently investors in the continent – up from 10 in 1994.
 
“We are committed to multilateral relations and cooperation, from matters related to world security to issues of climate change and solidarity with progressive movements and countries.
 
“We will continue to promote the reform of the UN Security Council so that it becomes more accountable, democratic and representative…
 
“We will continue to advocate for the reform of other global governance institutions, such as the financial institutions such as the financial institutions so that their decisions promote equity and fairness.
 
“There is a lot that we will be working on with our respective countries to take forward these and many other international cooperation objectives,” he said.
 
After welcoming his guests, President Zuma said while the ambassadors and high commissioners should enjoy Pretoria – the “Jacaranda city” – and also explore the beautiful country, they should take note that South Africa was now a better place to live in after 20 years of democracy.
 
He said millions of South Africans who were previously oppressed by the apartheid regime now enjoyed the benefits of decent housing, electricity and water, among other social security services.
He said that on the international front, South Africa has, over the past 20 years, advanced the African agenda while contributing to South-South cooperation.
 
These include SA’s involvement in the implementation of the Nepad (New Partnership for Africa's Development) and the African Peer Review Mechanism, and the building of a security architecture that can respond rapidly to a crisis.
 
“Beyond the elections, work must continue to strengthen bilateral relations with your respective countries and governments.
 
“We will be continuing with the good work we have done on international relations since the dawn of freedom,” President Zuma said.

SAnews.gov.za

Photo:GCIS

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

May 2017 Edition

_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AU - EU has a strong Partnership 22 May 2017 Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy has stated that the AU-EU partnership is one of the most structured of... <|> Travel across Africa 19 May 2017 Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015. The African Development Bank in... <|> Hungary and South Africa Water cooperation 24 May 2017 Mr Szilverszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Hungary was in South Africa. A cooperation... <|> Ecuador – The Republic of Opportunities 24 May 2017 Ambassador Maria Soledad Cordova Montero of Ecuador to South Africa hosted an Expo showcasing products of Ecuador.  These included... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> 28th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan 30 May 2017 The Charge d’Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Pretoria, Mr. Azad Naghiyev and Mrs. Sabina Naghiyeva hosted a reception to... <|> Cubans celebrate Africa Day 31 May 2017 Ambassador Carlos Fernández de Cossío of Cuba hosted a cocktail lunch for Cuban professionals working in South Africa to celebrate Africa Day. The venue... <|> Georgia Independence Day 26 May 2017 Ambassador Beka Dvali of Georgia in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the Day of Independence of Georgia, a day that every Georgian cherishes, he... <|> 10th Annual Cape Town Steelband Festival 5 June 2017 The sounds of the steelpan reverberated in Cape Town, South Africa on May 11, 2017 as students, young people and steelpan enthusiasts took to... <|> Marla Mossman: One person making a Difference for Peace 5 June 2017 In a series of interviews The Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando began interviewing notable personalities who... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.