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H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian Attends the Send Off Ceremony of the 2017 Huawei South African Seeds for the Future Program

On October 12, H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian attended the the Send Off Ceremony of the 2017 Huawei South African Seeds for the Future Program and gave a speech. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, as well as over 50 representatives were present.

Ambassador Lin extended the warmest congratulations to South African college students who will soon take off to China for the training program, gave a thumbs-up to Huawei’s plan to train 1,000 young South Africans in information and communications technology (ICT) in China over a five-year period, and praised Huawei’s outstanding achievements and contributions in the past two decades for boosting development of telecommunications industry in South Africa, training of personnel for information and communications, and giving back to local communities.

Ambassador Lin stressed that there are many excellent Chinese companies such as Huawei that are actively involved in China-Africa investment and cooperation. The successful stories of Huawei reflects that Chinese investment brings three economic dividends to Africa’s development. First, China has brought huge employment opportunities. In a report on Africa’s Attractiveness published by the accounting firm Ernst & Young in the first half of the year, it listed that since 2005, China has invested in 293 projects in Africa, totaling 66.4 billion US dollars of investment and creating over 130,000 jobs. Second, China has helped Africa realize rapid technology transfer and capacity building. Chinese government and companies attach great importance to transferring skills and technology, in an effort to help African countries boost their competitiveness and capacity for self-sustainable development. Third, China has vigorously supported Africa’s infrastructure development. Thanks to the active contribution of Huawei and other Chinese telecommunication companies, telecommunication infrastructure development and modernization has also come a long way in South Africa and other African countries.

Ambassador Lin said that next year marks the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa. China is ready to work closely with South Africa, constantly translate the two countries’ respective development strengths and potential into cooperation results that the two peoples can see and feel. He hoped that both Chinese and South African companies would seize the great opportunities that we are facing, and participants of the Seeds for the Future Program would cherish the opportunity to study in China.

Minister Siyabonga Cwele spoke highly of the comprehensive strategic partnership between South Africa and China, and outstanding contributions made by Chinese enterprises such as Huawei to economic and social development of South Africa and Africa. Participants of the Seeds for the Future Program expressed gratitude to Huawei for providing the valuable training opportunities.

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