On June 13, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa jointly hosted the FOCAC Implementation Workshop. Ambassador Tian Xuejun, Director-General in the Presidency and Secretary of the Cabinet Dr. Cassius Lubisi, Deputy Director General of DIRCO Ambassador Anil Sooklal as well as over 100 representatives from governments, financial institutions and SOEs attended the workshop.
In his remarks, Ambassador Tian reemphasized the significance and outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit and elaborated on China's new plans and concepts on China-Africa cooperation. He said China-South Africa cooperation, as an important part of the China-Africa cooperation, should play its due role and become the locomotive of China-Africa cooperation. Both sides should take this workshop as an opportunity to achieve more early harvest and constantly bring bilateral cooperation to new heights.
Director General Lubisi spoke highly of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. He said the new cooperation plans proposed by China meet the development demands of Africa and are consistent with the AU 2063 Agenda and South Africa's National Development Plan. These new measures will definitely promote the development of the entire continent and lift the living standards of African people. He hoped that representatives could seize the opportunity and translate the plans into real results.
Deputy Director General Sooklal and Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy Rong Yansong made remarks afterwards. Representatives from both sides also had comprehensive discussion and communication on some specific projects during the one-on-one session.