Johannesburg, November 18, 2014
During a gala ceremony at the conclusion of the High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 17-18, 2014, government representatives and business leaders attended the inauguration of the IOSSC Africa Representative Office, an initiative committed to advancing sustainable development and promoting partnerships between Africa’s public and private sectors.
The ceremony was attended by over 350 participants, including Dr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, along with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassadors from the local diplomatic community, South African government officials, representatives of UN agencies and many other high-level guests.
Participants celebrated the establishment of this new initiative and its commitment to strengthen Africa’s investment potential. The IOSSC Africa Representative Office, set up in Johannesburg, South Africa, will provide a platform for investment and decision-making in areas including infrastructure, ICT, agriculture and energy, and will foster new economic ventures in the African region.
Mr. George Zhang, Chief Representative of the IOSSC Africa Representative office, pledged to uphold its mission of bringing together technology and financial resources from around the world in order to contribute to sustainable development in Africa. Mr. Ndaba Nstele, President of the Black Business Council of South Africa, stated that he looked forward to future communication and promised to take any programme initiated by the IOSSC Africa Representative Office to the next level.
The inauguration also included a signing ceremony solidifying continued collaboration between the IOSSC, governments and the private sector, and a charitable donation to Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC). Mr. Mzwandile Khanya, Former Chairman of CHOC, expressed that IOSSC’s cooperation and understanding helped lift the spirit of the organization.
Launched under the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development, the IOSSC Africa Representative office will build and expand partnerships between governments, the United Nations and the private sector for the purpose of scaling up investment in Africa’s sustainable development initiatives. Working with world leaders, government representatives and top business executives, the IOSSC Africa Representative Office will guide investment opportunity and provide a platform for sharing partnership ideas in the African continent.