On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa landed in Osaka, Japan for the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit that will be taking place between 28 and 29 June.
The office of the president released a statement stating that Ramaphosa was joining other world leaders with an aim to deliberate key issues faced by the global economy, trade and investment, innovation, environment and energy, employment, women’s empowerment, development and health.
“South Africa will leverage on the summit as a platform for securing financial and other support for infrastructure development; advancing the G20 Compact with Africa initiative and reinforcing the need for strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth at a national and global level,” the statement read.
It is believed that the president together with his delegation will further seek ways to implement Sustainable Development Goals which include fighting financial flows that deprive Africa resources that could be used for economic development.
At the summit, Ramaphosa will be participating in a number of meetings including, the BRICS leaders’ meeting chaired by Brazil, the China-Africa leaders’ meeting with Egypt, Senegal and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
He will also deliver a keynote address at a business round table with Japanese business leaders.
The president’s G20 summit delegation includes Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel and Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize.