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  0 OCTOBER 2015 Issue 156 - If the future belongs to the youth, then this century is ours to shape

 

 

 

 

China pledges $50 billion for industrialisation

 

China has reiterated its commitment to support industrialisation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent by pledging $50 billion towards industrialisation projects, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).
In a statement, the dti said the pledge was announced during a courtesy visit by the Vice Minister of Commerce of China, Zhang Xiangchen, to the Director-General of the dti, Lionel October, in Pretoria.
The courtesy visit by Vice Minister Xiangchen also focused on the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that will be hosted in Johannesburg from 4 - 5 December 2015.

 

 

 
 

Business opportunities abound for South Africa and Mozambique

 
South African businesses and investors have been urged to make the most of the opportunities available in Mozambique, especially in light of the newly discovered gas reserves in the neighbouring country.

The South Africa-Mozambique Business Forum met on Thursday in the capital, where commitments were made to up cooperation across various fields. The forum was attended by the two countries’ Heads of State and key figures in the business arena.
The delegations identified tourism, transport, communications, science and technology as some of the strategic areas of cooperation. However, collaboration in unearthing business potential in energy and mineral resources took centre stage.

 

 

 

Taiwan - Beautiful both in Shape and Heart

 
Representative John Chen’s remarks at the 104th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, I wish to extend the warmest welcome and many sincere thanks to you, to all of you joining us here this evening to celebrate the 104th birthday of my country in advance.
 
Born, Turbulent, Divided
The Republic of China was born in 1912, but since then until 1949, the republic had been plagued by a series of turbulences, such as fraction of the country caused by warlords, the Japanese Aggression, and the Communist Rebellion which led to a civil war.
 
As a result, in 1949, the republic was divided into two parts, Mainland China and Taiwan. Consequently, the government of the Republic of China relocated itself to Taiwan in December, 1949. Thereafter, Taiwan and Mainland China became two separate political entities under different jurisdiction.
 
 

 

Taiwan Chinese Excellence – Status Quo

 
Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists lost the Chinese Civil war (1949) against the Mao Zedong’s Communist Party of China and retreated to Taiwan, an island 180km off the coast of mainland China. This story of the two Chinas is defining the ideological convergence of socialism and capitalism and communism and democracy in a rearranging world order.
Taiwan measures 384 km in length and 144 km in width. It is a developed country of 23 million people who are considered a modern, sophisticated society, dignified, respectful, industrious, and enterprising and at peace. This, they say, can be attributed to Chiang Kai-shek who together with his wife Soong May-ling promoted Chinese morality preserving Chinese culture and tradition of polite behaviour, healthy living, art and wellbeing. It seems Taoism, the teachings of Confucius and the philosophy of Feng Shui has brought about a serenity and order that has led to stability and prosperity.  
 
Photo: 32 journalists from around every region of the world were invited to partake in celebrating their 104th National Day of ROC and to experience the country, its traditions, history, culinary arts and its people.
 
 
 


 

Developing countries are engaging in climate change negotiations in a positive and constructive spirit

 

COMMENTS ON THE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE G77 AND CHINA, AMBASSADOR NOZIPHO MXAKATO-DISEKO, BONN, 21 OCTOBER 2015
As Chairperson of the Group of 77 and China, I have the honour to share my impressions on the current negotiations towards the adoption of a new agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP21/CMP11 in Paris.
 The Group stands united and is firmly commitment to address climate change as a matter of urgency, as demonstrated by its leadership role in the current negotiations. It is by far the largest negotiating group of Parties and its 134 members constitute over 80% of the world’s population.

 
 

The Africa we want - embarking on and supporting the skills revolution

 
 
The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has announced that her winnings from the ANN7 South African of the Year (SATY) Award would be donated to the “Thusanani Foundation”, a youth-led education initiative based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The SATY 2015 Award to Dr. Dlamini Zuma came with an amount of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousands South African Rands, (ZAR 250,000), and equivalence of about USD 19,000.

Dr Dlamini Zuma said her motivations for donating her SATY Award winnings to Thusanani Foundation is in line with her strong conviction to support the youth training and skills development. “If sustained progress is to be made on the development of our continent, especially in light of the realisation of Agenda 2063 – The Africa we want, we must embark on and support the skills revolution,” Dr. Dlamini Zuma said.

 

 

 

Farewell to High Commissioner Partap from Trinidad and Tobago

 

High Commissioner Harry Partap's tenure as High Commissioner Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the Republic of South Africa and nine other countries in Southern Africa ended on Thursday October 15, 2015 after having served as High Commissioner for four years and nine months.

We at The Diplomatic Society bid High Commissioner Partap farewell and wish him and Nazra Partap well in their retirement. We thank him for his engagement and interaction.

In his farewell letter to Kirtan Bhana High Commissioner Partap says, "Allow me to thank you for being part of the success of my tenure and for giving publicity to some of the work of the High Commission. I want to thank you for the enlightened approach of your publication, The Diplomatic Society. It was through The Diplomatic Society that others knew of Trinidad and Tobago's contribution to the social and educational life of your country."

 

Traditional Neapolitan music meets South Africa

 

The prestigious Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg hosted the musical performance "Afroneapolitan Suite" for ten cellos, an original score composed by the renowned Italian composer and jazz cellist Lucio Franco Amanti.

The project was born as a musical encounter between the talent of Amanti and that of the South African cellist Berthine van Schoor, together with the young musicians of his Academy. The concert was also to say goodbye to the Italian Ambassador, the Neapolitan Vincenzo Schioppa Narrante, to which the opera was dedicated. The ensemble was called “Muna-Cello”, deriving its name from O Munaciello’, a fairy from the Neapolitan tradition.

 

 



 

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