Africa’s economic growth is crucial but is only attainable when there’s a peaceful atmosphere, stability, and good governance, says South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma.
President Zuma made the remark while he received letters of credence from new Heads of Missions accredited to South Africa at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.
Mr. President welcomed the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to South Africa saying the international admiration and goodwill accorded to South Africa is remarkable.
The goodwill he said, was informed by the classic example of a very peaceful political transition followed by the solid democratic dispensation that the country established.
“Our country provided hope to the world because we proved that it is possible for erstwhile arch-enemies to overcome their differences and forge a new future as one nation.
“We continuously thank the international community for the support provided to South Africa, which enabled us to defeat the demon of apartheid.
“We now continue to strengthen relations with various countries in all regions. We welcome this opportunity to elevate the relations with your respective countries at all levels, political, social and economic,” said President Zuma.
Thereafter, he affirmed that South Africa is one of the best investment destinations in Africa.
He said: “our country has been an unrelenting champion of human rights, not only in the country but in the international community as well.”
With that, President Zuma divulged that South Africa is working tirelessly with other African nations to eliminate conflict and ensure peace and stability in the continent.
“It remains our firm view that the economy of this continent will only thrive in a sustained environment of peace, stability, and governance.
“This will open up many opportunities for the continent to do business with the international community and recoup the fortunes lost to the global economic recession,” Zuma remarked.
Also, he upheld that South Africa will remain a strident voice for reform in multilateral bodies, and will continue to strive for an environment of fair and equitable international growth.
“We believe that your presence in our country…will provide the best opportunity to harness this potential. We are therefore honored to have you in [sic] our shores.
“We trust that you will have a fruitful stay and commend this country to your governments and people for business, tourism, and cultural links,” Zuma finished.