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Unlocking Africa’s potential through agrifood systems transformation and capacity building

By QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

12 April 2024

Africa holds the key to moving towards a world free from hunger and poverty. It is in Africa where enormous gains can be made, and agrifood systems transformation is the definitive foundation for the continent to realize sustainable development and modernization.

ChinAfrica
An Unstoppable March Towards Prosperity
African Union Summit reiterates vision for an integrated and prosperous continent
By Kirtan Bhana - ChinAfrica

Kenyan President William Ruto (left) participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Talanta Sports City to be built with Chinese assistance in Nairobi, Kenya, on 1 March (XINHUA)
 
12 April 2024

In an inspirational speech in 1996, then South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki said, “Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace! However improbable it may sound to the sceptics, Africa will prosper!”

The 37th African Union (AU) Summit was convened in Addis Ababa on 17 February, where leaders from across Africa converged to deliberate on pressing issues and chart a course for the future of the continent. The summit echoed the enduring spirit articulated by Mbeki in his iconic “I am an African” speech, affirming that despite challenges, Africa’s March towards prosperity and peace remains unstoppable.

The Diplomatic Society Welcomes New Heads
 
by Anisha Pemjee - TDS
A group photo of Heads of Mission together with their partners/colleagues at the Credential Ceremony which took place at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria on 9 April 2024 (photo: Kopano Tlape/GCIS)
 

11 April 2024

Welcome to South Africa, a nation of profound historical significance and remarkable transformation. As you step onto the soil of this vibrant continent, you become part of a narrative of resilience, reconciliation, and progress.

Thirty years since the end of apartheid, South Africa stands as an inspiration to the world. The journey from the shackles of colonialism and the inhumanity of Apartheid to the dawn of democracy has been arduous, but the spirit of the South African people has never wavered and neither has their resolve and determination to forge a future of equality, justice, and opportunity for all.

CHINA
President Xi: China to enhance multilateral coordination with Russia
CGTN

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 9, 2024. /Xinhua
 

09 April 2024

China stands ready to strengthen bilateral communication with Russia and enhance multilateral strategic coordination in BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday in Beijing.

Noting that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Xi said China and Russia have embarked on a new path of harmonious coexistence and win-win cooperation between major countries and neighbors, which has benefited the two countries and their peoples and contributed wisdom and strength to international fairness and justice.

“We owe it to” victims of genocide to speak up

9 April 2024

This year marks 30 years since the genocide in Rwanda which began on 7 April 1994. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was amongst the dignitaries who attended the wreath-laying ceremony and National Commemoration Ceremony in Kigali.

In his weekly newsletter to the nation, Ramaphosa said that thirty years ago, in the space of just a hundred days, one of the worst mass murders in recent times happened on African soil.

ENTERPRISE
Chinese enterprises brand development in Africa
Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the People's Government of Hebi City
By Wu Lujun - China-Africa Boshang

Henan Mingmei Magnesium Technology Co.Ltd
 

6 April 2024

Henan

On April 6, 2024, Wu Lujun, the African marketing consultant of Zhongding International Trade Research Institute, and his delegation were invited by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Hebi Municipal People's Government to visit Henan Mingmei Magnesium Technology Co., Ltd. for a field visit to provide suggestions for Hebi City's corporate brand to go overseas in Africa.

Market@theSheds Celebrates "Life Is Beautiful" - A Vibrant Fusion of Music, Culture, and Community in the Capital

4 April 2024

Market@theSheds, recently honoured as the #15 best Tourist Market in the world, is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, "Life Is Beautiful," slated to be a jubilant celebration of life, music, and community on April 6th. This multifaceted cultural space, nestled in the heart of Pretoria CBD, invites locals and visitors alike to experience the spirit and culture of the city in a vibrant and dynamic setting.

BRICS
China's Zhengzhou Airport to promote business with culture
Expanding the port area's economy and trade to take the road of international development
By Wu Lu Army-China-Africa Boshang - Henan

BFM
3 April 2024
Recently, Mr. Tao Zhigang, a member of the European and American Scholars Association of Henan Province and chairman of Henan Overseas Industrial Development Co., Ltd., told BRICS Financial Media that China's Zhengzhou Airport Area (hereinafter referred to as the Airport Area) plans to invite Ms. Lin Laihao, the leader of the Thai overseas Chinese community, the senior consultant of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce, and the founding co-chairman of the Haihua Association, to visit the airport.

BUSINESS

Russia is a land of opportunity – SPIEF24

By Kirtan Bhana
 
Group Panel discussion -Andrey Barannikov - Moderator, Elias Monage,Alexey Valkov,Slauzy Zodwa Mogami,Oleg Savikov, George Sebulela, NJ Ayuk(photo:Leeroy Jason Photography)
 

2 April 2024

The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is once again gaining momentum. Established and organized by Roscongress in 1997, the SPIEF24 gathering is set to take place from June 4-8, with a sharp focus on engagement with Africa.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

SA-US relationship built on mutual respect and cooperation

2 April 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged that the relationship between South Africa and the United States has recently received a great deal of attention due to the Israel-Palestine conflict. In his weekly newsletter, the President assured citizens that strengthening ties between the two countries was among the important issues discussed by the International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, during her working visit to Washington last week, where she met with United States officials.

What will be the endgame in Ukraine?

by Ambassador of Russia to South Africa Ilya Rogachev

2 April 2024
 
German-made 'Leopard' tanks destroyed in Ukraine. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry
 

A year ago, in one of our ‘Alternative Viewpoint’ entries we offered to our readership to reflect on how the conflict in Ukraine may end. Back then, Kiev was preparing for its infamous ‘counteroffensive,’ while the West, entangled in the ‘labyrinth of lies,’ was frantically pumping it with weapons. We all know the cost of those illusions: by Oct 2023, in the course of the counteroffensive, Ukraine lost about 125,000 troops and 16,000 units of heavy weaponry.


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