On Wednesday, 11 November 2015, the Nedbank Group and the NBF hosted the final instalment of the annual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum for 2015. This session was themed ‘FOCAC - Enhancing China-Africa trade relations through private sector support’, with guest speakers Mr. Dave Malcomson, Chief Director BRICS and FOCAC, DIRCO; Mr. Kobus van der Wath, CEO of Beijing Axis and Mr. Erwin Pon, Business Development Director – East and South East Asia, Rand Merchant Bank and Chairman of the Chinese Association in Gauteng.
The forum was hosted in anticipation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Heads of State Summit that will be hosted in Johannesburg in December 2015, and focused discussions on the involvement of private sector in major trade and investment initiatives such as FOCAC.
Also in attendance was His Excellency Mr. Isaac A. Moyo, the Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa and His Excellency Mr. Vincent Karega, Rwandan High Commissioner to South Africa. His Excellency Mr. Moyo shared insights into China-Africa relations on behalf of the current Chair of the AU, His Excellency Robert G. Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe.