RAMAPHOSA LEAVES FOR SWITZERLAND TO ATTEND WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING

JOHANNESBURG, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will this week join various discussion platforms at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with an aim to develop a response to new strategies towards transforming governance in various parts of the world.

The World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters is scheduled to take place between Jan 23 and 26 under the theme: Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

The Presidency said in a statement here Sunday that the forum presents South Africa with a platform to showcase its attractiveness as an investment destination and trade partner, set out plans that are unfolding to secure improved and inclusive economic growth, and contribute to efforts to respond to societal challenges globally.

Ramaphosa will also hold various meetings with high-level political and business leaders from various countries at the forum. The Deputy President and his delegation left for Switzerland on Sunday evening.

The South African delegation includes a broad range of leadership from various sectors of the economy and society, with Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba as the lead Minister and co-ordinator.

Apart from Gigaba, Ramaphosa will also be supported by Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe; Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel; Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies; Minister of Public Works Nkosinathi Nhleko and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Meanwhile the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) quotes Gigaba as saying that the South African delegation will emphasise to investors that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has changed as the country’s governing party.

The delegation is heading for Davos after the conclusion of the ANC Lekgota (gathering), which wound up Sunday after a three-day meeting at Irene, Pretoria.

Eplains the message the delegation will have for investors at the WEF, Gigaba said: We’re not just going there to say South Africa is committed to the fight against corruption. We’ve got concrete decisions that we’ve taken, we must be confident the ANC is dealing with the transition, and how the party and the government align during this transition � and the fact that the delegation is led by Deputy President who is the future president allows him to begin outlining his vision.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK