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Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong Addressed the Opening Ceremony of the Seminar on Public Administration
2021/03/30

On March 23, the National Academy of Governance of China and the National School of Government of South Africa co-hosted the opening ceremony of the online Seminar on Public Administration of the National School of Government of South Africa. The Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Chen Xiaodong delivered a speech at invitation.

Ambassador Chen first congratulated the workshop on its smooth start, and thanked the National Academy of Governance of China and the National School of Government of South Africa for their extraordinary arrangements. Ambassador Chen indicated that under the background of the great changes unseen in a century intertwined with the global pandemic unprecedented in a century, the online “Public Administration Workshop” organized by the two institutions focused on the construction of national governance capacity and modernization of governance system, providing an opportunity for both sides to exchange ideas and learn from each other, which was a response not only to the practical need of enhancing students’ public administration capabilities, but also to the long-term requirement for mutual learning and common progress between the two countries.

Ambassador Chen emphasized that to enhance exchanges of experience in governance is an essential part of continuously enriching the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and South Africa. China and South Africa share a special friendship of “comrades and brothers”. Under the personal guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Ramaphosa, the two countries have witnessed their political mutual trust being continuously consolidated and pragmatic cooperation further developed, with increasingly close people-to-people exchanges and vigorously expanded multilateral collaboration. China-South Africa relations have become a model for China-Africa and South-South relations. To further enhance exchanges of experience in governance and public administration capabilities is in line with the practical need of deepening cooperation between the two sides.

Ambassador Chen said that strengthening exchanges of experience in governance is an inevitable requirement for China and South Africa to continue to advance national construction and address the challenge of COVID-19. This year marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the first year of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan. South Africa is facing the arduous task of coordinating epidemic prevention and control and promoting comprehensive economic recovery and economic and social development. It is a good time for the two sides to strengthen exchanges of experience in governance and public administration capabilities.

Ambassador Chen gave a concluding remark that the workshop focused on the modernization of national governance capacity and governance system, especially on Xi Jinping’s thought on governance, the “Belt and Road” initiative and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, which are all important hot topics of long-term concern in South Africa. It is hoped that all the students will strengthen mutual learning and share their experience in enhancing governance and public administration capabilities. The Chinese Embassy in South Africa is ready to continue to lead the way, build a bridge and provide good services for the two institutions to deepen exchanges in various fields. All of the students are most welcome to visit China more often after the pandemic is over.

This is the first online workshop jointly organized by the National Academy of Governance of China and the National School of Government of South Africa. It provides sessions lasting for 9 days and has a total of nearly 40 students, all of whom are middle and senior cadres of local governments of South Africa.

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