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Zuma: SA Davos delegation will have unified voice

The delegates will aim to promote the country as an investment destination of choice.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says South Africa's delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) will have a unified voice as it promotes the country as an investment destination of choice.

The president was speaking outside a meeting between government and business leaders in Pretoria ahead of the forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week.

Zuma says delegates will discuss and agree upon the key issues affecting South Africa, but also identify investment potential.

"Team South Africa should have common issues and know what the issues are to raise both in the area of challenges and what we are doing to address the challenges."

The theme of this year's meeting is 'Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

Brand SA Chief Executive Kingsley Makhubela will lead the South African delegation to Davos.

"The purpose of this meeting is for us to come up with a coordinated message that we will go and sell in Davos because Davos is all about selling countries. There you compete with others who are selling their own country. There are key messages that we are working on."

He says the delegation will highlight advancement in several key areas in order to lure investment.

"We have a few messages that we are refining in terms of what we're doing in the energy sector, in the infrastructure sector and the education sector. These are the issues that we're discussing in the meeting. We hope that the private sector will also contribute to the messages."

GORDHAN ASSERTS SA IS INVESTOR FRIENDLY

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the message government is taking to the event is that South Africa has both the infrastructure and the growth potential that global investors are looking for.

"South Africa is a very resilient country and it's a country that has many pluses. It's business infrastructure, monetary policies, fiscal policy and sophisticated businesses that other people could partner with."

He says the interaction in Pretoria today produced a list of solutions to many of the country's problems but it's now a matter of implementing them.

The minister says the priority is to create optimism and confidence in the country.

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