Published 10 November 2017, by ANA

Cape Town – South Africa has the perfect foundation to be the locomotive to drive growth and development on the African continent, says China’s recently appointed ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian.

During an interaction with senior editors from Independent Media and executives from the Sekunjalo group, he said: “The potential of Africa is huge. The problem is capacity.” He listed infrastructure and governance issues as areas of concern.

Turning to South Africa, Lin, who took up his position in August, said the country’s foundation was perfect to drive continental growth through industrialisation. “We see South Africa as a manufacturing and production base which will create jobs,” he added.

The ambassador stressed the need to work together to help drive development, the key to overcoming poverty.

Pointing at China’s economic development in recent decades, Lin said the aim was to lift all of that country’s 1.4 billion people out of poverty.

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