Pandor says partnership with Huawei good for SA, but staying out of US fight

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has lauded the work of Huawei in rising South Africa’s economic system, citing its data and communications expertise (ICT) youth empowerment programme.

Addressing a weekend ceremony in KwaZulu-Natal to formally hand over a newly renovated science laboratory and the library to Siqongweni High School in Pietermaritzburg’s Imbali township – made attainable via help from Huawei South Africa – Pandor acknowledged the contribution of the company in South Africa.

She mentioned of authorities’s determination to kind a public-private partnership with Huawei South Africa: “The science laboratory we’re handing over as we speak in partnership with you is a transparent demonstration of what is feasible if all of us work collectively, as authorities, business and communities.

SCIENCE MATTERS: Pupils taken via a science experiment.

“The funding you’re making to those learners via this science laboratory will yield optimistic advantages, not simply for South Africa but your entire world – a optimistic reflection.

“I hope this is the start of a long relationship that Huawei South Africa will have with not just this school but others across South Africa.”

In a wide-ranging interview with The Citizen – responding to a question on how South Africa maintained a diplomatic stability amid strained China-US relations – Pandor mentioned South Africa had very clear nationwide pursuits and values, figuring out companions to SA’s benefit.

Huawei had confirmed to be a good associate in its efforts to uplift communities via ICT schooling and in that manner serving to to develop the nation’s economic system.

“With all international locations, we pursue the pursuits of South Africa.

“We don’t have enemies, but we are very clear as to what our values and principles are,” Pandor mentioned.

“We additionally don’t grow to be concerned within the quarrels of others, as a result of we imagine in our nationwide pursuits – necessary for South Africa to independently set up its platform of cooperation.

“We also believe that all countries have a right to pursue business interests and companies must have a right to freely engage in business development, according to national laws of every country.”

South Africa revered the reliable proper of firms within the nation – together with Huawei – in growing their business in an open, truthful and non-discriminatory business setting.

Her remarks mirrored an announcement contained within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation annual efficiency plan for 2021/22, saying: “South Africa should avoid taking sides in the growing tensions between China and the USA, to avoid compromising trade and investment with either country.”

Digital applied sciences, she added, had been the long run.

“As the federal government, we’ve got already established the Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which incorporates the personal sector and civil society, in an effort to leverage the alternatives that come with the Fourth Industrial Revolution to bolster our science and expertise industries.

“I am aware that Huawei is already heavily invested in youth ICT training projects as part of its corporate social investment responsibility contributions aimed at reversing the ICT skills shortage in the country.”

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