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The Beijing Axis represents South African business in China at breakfast attended by SA President
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 02:02

Beijing – 2 September 2018 – The Beijing Axis attended a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 2 September, at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Beijing

In addition to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is visiting Beijing to co-chair the Forum on China-Africa Relations, the breakfast was attended by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Minister of Finance,Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, amongst others. The breakfast was further attended by representatives from leading South African businesses, including Standard Bank, Sasol, Hollard, Discovery, Old Mutual, Landpac and Naspers.

Kobus van der Wath, Founder and Group Managing Director of TBA, represents South African business

After playing a Brand South Africa video promoting investment in South Africa, Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, gave some opening remarks, welcoming attendees and affirming the significance of the event. This was followed by remarks by Kobus van der Wath, Founder and Group Managing Director of The Beijing Axis, speaking on behalf of South African businesses in China. He observed that, despite the significant strides made by South African businesses, there remained immense untapped potential to access Chinese markets, particularly in second and third-tier cities. He emphasised the need for strategic interventions in order to grow South Africa’s influence in China, and noted in particular the importance of utilising the potential of young South African future leaders. The company’s Senior Analyst, Luyolo Sijake, was then invited to the stage to present the president with three of The Beijing Axis’ research publications. These comprised a summary of 20 years of South Africa-Chinese relations, including highlighting areas for future development; an Asia Export Guide for South African exporters seeking to trade with Asia; and The China Compass - an in-depth study of the Chinese economy and its position within the global economy. Subsequently, the President of the Black Business Council, Sandile Zungu, addressed the gathering.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the South African delegation
and business Community in China

This was followed by a speech by President Ramaphosa, addressing several key topics, notably the continued development of the South Africa-China economic relationship and importance of securing Chinese investment. He further addressed the issue of land reform and affirmed that any changes would be strictly regulated, carefully implemented and mindful of the interests of domestic and international economic partners. This was followed by a Q & A session with President Ramaphosa and Minister Nene in which questions were raised relating to tourism - including revised visa regulations - and agricultural exports to China. Ambassador Dolana Msimang provided the concluding remarks, thanking the President for addressing the key concerns of the South Africa-China business community with candidness.

Source: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
Luyolo Sijake, Senior Analyst, presents President Ramaphosa with 3 research publications written by TBA

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