HLPF 2024 Side Event: Launch of the 2024 Africa Sustainable Development Report


22 July 2024

The 2024 Africa Sustainable Development Report (ASDR) was officially launched on 16 July 2024, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum 2024 (#HLPF2024), organised from 8 – 17 July 2024, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The report is jointly produced by the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Minister Lamola Leads South African Delegation at AU Executive Council in Ghana
Ronald Lamola, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation with Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the AfCFTA at the 45th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council taking place in Accra, Ghana (photo: Katlholo Maifadi/Dirco)

19 July 2024

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Ronald Lamola, is heading the South African delegation to the 45th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, scheduled for 18 and 19 July 2024 in Accra, Ghana. The theme of this session is “Educate an African fit for the 21st century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning for Africa.”

PM requests fostering economic diplomacy to drive growth
Vietnam News Agency - VNA

PM Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the meeting on economic diplomacy promotion on July 18. (Photo: VNA)

19 July 2024 
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on July 18 chaired a meeting with heads of Vietnamese representative agencies abroad to discuss the promotion of economic diplomacy to boost the country's economic growth in the second half of 2024 and the following years.

Building a better SA, weaver bird style 

18 July 2024

Just as friends and families often pull together to ensure a roof over the heads of their loved ones, or their general well-being, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the larger South African family to behave as weaver birds who give their all to build and cooperate.


Communique of the Third Plenary Session of the 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

18 July 2024

The 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China concluded its third plenary session on Thursday with a communique issued.

The following is the full text of the communique:

Communique of the Third Plenary Session of the 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Adopted at the Third Plenary Session of the 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on July 18, 2024

The 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China convened its third plenary session in Beijing from July 15 to 18, 2024.

Commemorating Nelson Mandela International Day in our 30 years of freedom and democracy

18 July 2024

By Nomonde Mnukwa

Every year on 18 July, South Africans from all walks of life join together to celebrate and honour a man who changed the world for the better. This commemoration pays tribute to the life and works of the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who was the first black president of our democratic government and a global icon.

President Ramaphosa to deliver Opening of Parliament Address

18 July 2024

(video credit: GCIS)

Xi Jinping the reformer

Xi Jinping communicates with representatives from businesses and academia attending a symposium in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, May 23, 2024. Xi chaired the symposium and delivered an important speech on May 23, 2024.

17 July 2024

BEIJING, (Xinhua) - China's leader Xi Jinping is rolling out a set of new reforms that will determine the growth trajectory of the world's second-largest economy, as the Communist Party of China (CPC) leadership started a four-day policy meeting in Beijing on Monday morning.

Nuclear power build will be at a scale "we can afford" - Minister Ramokgopa

15 July 2024

Minister of Electricity and Energy, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, says South Africa will seek to build a nuclear plant for electricity generation at “a scale and speed that we can afford”.

Burundi celebrates 62nd Independence Anniversary 

by Anisha Pemjee - TDS

Ambassadors Bukuru and Seokolo raising a toast (photo: TDS)

11 July 2024

The 62nd anniversary of independence of Burundi was celebrated in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 July. In a celebratory atmosphere guests were welcomed by Ambassador Alexis Bukuru and the rhythmic beats of Burundian drummers.

Smooth Operators
Automation, digitisation, and innovation lead the way in Shanghai’s industrial upgrading
By Xia Yuanyuan - ChinAfrica

SAIC Motor’s Lingang factory is one of the first bases in China to achieve full integration of traditional and new energy vehicle production technologies (COURTESY)

July 2024

Automated guided vehicles shuttle through the workshop and transport various parts to different production lines. The huge robotic arm completes each step incessantly and quietly. The humming sound of machines and noise of factory floor conversations associated with traditional manufacturing processes are largely absent.  

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