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Zuma wants Africa to work together

President Jacob Zuma has called on African leaders to work towards the same goal.

President Jacob Zuma has called on African leaders to work towards the same goal. Picture:GCIS

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said the time had come for African heads of state to work together to set up a structured intra-trade system to stimulate growth.

Zuma participated in a debate at the World Economic Forum on Africa earlier about the future of the continent.

He used the successful partnership with BRICS as an effective model to stimulate economic investments.

Zuma appeared relaxed as he debated on the same panel as his former wife and now African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The president said Africa was being launched into a new era and infrastructure development was essential to stimulate growth.

He admitted development for the more than one billion people on the continent was impeded by conflict.

Zuma said funding for massive infrastructure development projects could only be attained through partnerships.

The 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa kicked off on Wednesday and will wrap up on Friday.

The conference will focus on Accelerating Economic Diversification, Boosting Strategic Infrastructure and Unlocking Africa's Talent.