Question NW2777 to the President of the Republic

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15 September 2015 - NW2777

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the President of the Republic

Whether (a) he and (b) any officials in his Office travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?


(a) Yes, I travelled to China during the 2014/15 financial year

(b) Yes, officials from my office travelled with me to China

(i) The purpose was to embark on a State Visit on 04 and 05 December 2014, where the following issues were deliberated upon:

  • to review the status of South Africa’s bilateral relations with China;
  • to adopt the Five-to-Ten Year Strategic Programme for Cooperation;
  • to commit China to South Africa’s industrialisation agenda development finance and request an increase in training slots;
  • Discussing the high level Forum on Africa and China meeting that will take place in South Africa in December 2015;
  • to encourage China to commit to assist in establishing the African Regional Centre on the New Development Bank; and

(ii) Conclude the 2014 year of South Africa in China.Total costs related to the logistics of the visit including accommodation and transport were R834, 868.64.

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