Looking at China as blueprint for Africa

Published 11 December, by a staff writer. 
Address by Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media and the Sekunjalo Group and chairman of the Brics Business Council South African chapter, at a seminar on Thursday at the Belmond Mount Nelson on “Xi Jinping: Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, and the official review ceremony of the new book Xi Jinping:

It gives me great pleasure to be here today to reflect and discuss two important events that took place this year: the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the second volume of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Governance of China.

I have been to China 15 times over the past 10 years. To attend the WEF summit, the Brics Business Council Meetings and summits, G20 meeting, and on state and other media visits.

My visits have given me insights: it has been a learning journey to observe first-hand the humanitarian progress, technological progress and the progress in social cohesion, the reduction in inequality and the focus which China has on industrialisation, economic growth and, more recently, services business and technologies.

And above all of that, through my involvement in the Brics Business Council and state visits, I have had opportunities to engage personally in forums with President Xi Jinping, and recently had the pleasure of handing over the Brics Business Council report to five Brics presidents, including President Xi Jinping.

In all of these interactions I have managed to glean what I would describe as my own personal remarks about President Xi Jinping.

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