South Africa will use the upcoming 3rd Forum on China-Africa Media Co-operation to drive co-operation between China and Africa, says the acting Director-General of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko.

“The central aim of the forum will be to implement the agreements reached at the 2015 FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) Summit in Johannesburg and further strengthen exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa on media related matters,” he said on arrival here Monday to attend the media forum.

Established in 2000, FOCAC aims to promote multi-state ties and cooperation between China and Africa.

Liphoko is representing the country on behalf of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the forum. Liphoko is scheduled to deliver a speech on behalf of Muthambi at the opening ceremony of the three-day forum held under the theme “Win-win co-operation, common development”.

The forum aims to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and promote the development of a new China-Africa strategic partnership. After the opening ceremony, deliberations will centre on policy exchange on broadcasting and film between China and Africa, media co-operation and capacity building as well as digitisation and development of new media.

China regards South Africa as a key partner in advancing its relations with the African continent. Last year, the FOCAC summit was held in Johannesburg to cement bilateral economic ties. China has rapidly grown to become South Africa’s single largest trading partner and in turn, South Africa is entrenched as China’s largest trading partner in Africa.

The Johannesburg Declaration announced during the 2015 FOCAC summit also took into account the African Union’s first 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063, which is a continental vision for an African continent that is united, peaceful, prosperous and which moves towards industrialisation and value-addition, infrastructure development and greater intra-African trade.

Source: Nam News Network