International Conference for the 10-year Celebration of South African – Chinese Relations: “How can China and South Africa’s Partnership benefit Africa?”

Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA
Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA

Event hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, 21-22 May 2008.

Conference Programme 

Day One: Wednesday 21 May

09:15-09:30      Introductory remarks, Mr Fred Phaswana, SAIIA [.pdf]

Opening Session:

09:30-10:00      Keynote Speech by Minister RH Davies, Department of trade and Industry [.pdf]

10:00-10:30      Keynote Speech by Minister Ji Peiding, Former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

10:30-11:00      Tea and coffee

11:00-12:30      Session I: “Why China matters to Africa: partnership, investment and trade”

Moderated by: Moeletsi Mbeki, SAIIA


Dr. He Wenping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Mr. HW Short, DFA [.pdf]

Mr. Victor Mathale, Nepad Secretariat [.pdf]

Mr. Dirk Reinermann, World Bank [.pdf]

12:30-14:00      Lunch

14:00-15:45       Session II: “The geopolitical and geo-economic importance of Africa to China”

Moderated by: Dr Garth Shelton, Wits University


Dr Gu Yang, China Development Bank

Dr Xu Weizhong, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations [.pdf]

Dr. Wu Guobao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Dr. Chris Alden, SAIIA & LSE [.pdf]

15:45-16:15      Tea and coffee

16:15-18:00      Session III: “Peace and Security: What role can China play in promoting stability in Africa?”

Moderated by: Mr. Chris Maroleng, ISS


Dr.  Xu Jian, China Institute of International Studies

Dr. Paul-Simon Handy, Institute for Security Studies

Defence Secretariat

University of Pretoria

18:30-21:00      Dinner Reception (by invitation only)

Key Note Speech by Ambassador Zhong on Chinese-South African   relations

DAY Two: Thursday 22 May

09:15-10:45      Session I: “How can China and South Africa’s partnership benefit Africa?”

Moderated by Mr. Joe Mollo, SAIIA


Dr Gu Yang, China Development Bank,

Mr. Ling, Economic Counsellor and MOFCOM Representative [.pdf]

Mr. Craig Bond, Standard Bank

10:45-11:15      Tea Break

11:15-12:30      Session II: “China’s development trajectory: lessons for the AU and Nepad on poverty reduction, rural development, agriculture, and SEZs”

Moderated by: Francis Ikome, Institute for Global Dialogue


Dr. Wu Guobao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences [.pdf]

Dr. Yang Yao, China Centre for Economic Research

Dr. Martyn Davies, Centre for Chinese Studies

Dr. Gilbert Khadiagala, Wits University

12:30-13:15       Session III: Policy debate and recommendations

Moderated by Dr. Chris Alden

13:15-14:45      Lunch with closing remarks by Elizabeth Sidiropoulos