Journalists get first-hand knowledge on preparations for FOCAC Summit

The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Friday took local and international journalists on a tour to show them how the country is prepared to host the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).


The tour was done in collaboration with Brand South Africa, the country’s marketing company.


General Manager of Communications at Brand South Africa, Manusha Pillai, told Xinhua that they wanted to show the world what South Africa could offer during the summit.

“This trip is meant to give the journalists some experience of what South Africa can offer. We want to showcase South Africa. Some journalists could have heard or read about the country but we wanted them to see the country from different angles and get experience,” Pillai said.

She said there are many good stories which are not told for the world to understand the China-Africa relations.

She said that people have to know why Africa needs a relationship with China and what the relationship with China means for foreign direct investment, employment, people-to-people exchange and economic growth.

“We hope to influence the world how some of the issues are perceived,”Pillai said.

Journalists were taken to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where its Director for Capital Markets, Donna Oosthuyse explained how they operate.

“We are glad to welcome China to our shores. The FOCAC Summit is the first on the African soil and we are proud of that. Our cooperation with China has yielded results over the years. Trade has been growing between China and Africa and we now have about 3,000 companies doing business in Africa,” Oosthuyse said.

Oosthuyse told Xinhua that she was in China a month ago to exchange knowledge and ideas at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange.

She also said they will also be returning to China next year for their exchange programmes. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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