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Upcoming opening of Shanghai Expo 2010

first_imgSouth Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo will beOfficially Opened by South African Ministerfor International RelationsShanghai, China – 5th May, 2010: South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will formally open South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 on the 6th May, 2010 at a ceremony attended by the Deputy Director-General for Middle East & Asia Ambassador Sisa Ngombane, South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China H E Mr N N Ntshinga and South African Consul-General to Shanghai His Excellency Mr. Vika Khumalo.  Seen as the biggest demonstration to date of South Africa’s vision of China as a strategic partner, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s visit is the first of a series of high level visits expected during Shanghai Expo.As a key strategic partner for South Africa within the South-South cooperation, the bilateral relationship with China is at its strongest since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1998.  Positioned as a gateway to Africa for investment and trade from China, participation at Shanghai Expo becomes relevant when considering that in 2009 the total trade between China and Africa amounted to over 106 billion dollars, an increase of 45 percent over the previous year, of which South Africa accounted for 20%.  Meanwhile, China’s imports from Africa amounted to 56 billion dollars, an increase of 54 percent over the previous year.With the theme of Ke Nako! or ‘It’s Time! South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo invites visitors to learn about the offerings of modern South Africa as a strategic partner with China. Each month, the Pavilion will promote a different theme including FIFA 2010; remodeling of urban communities; tourism and heritage; environment and climate change; and trade and investment.  South Africa will profile its economy by introducing some of South Africa’s pillar industries including agro-processing, beneficiated metals and mining technology, defence technology, ICT, as well as bio-fuels and alternative energy.As the fourth Expo which South Africa has participated in, it is also the largest Expo ever held.  With nearly 300 pavilions covering an area of 5.28 square kilometers, Shanghai Expo is expected to attract over 100 million visitors.  Shanghai Expo’s theme of “Better City, Better Life” is embodied in South Africa’s stunning pavilion with a design inspired by a traditional Southern African Rondavel round house, interpreted in a modern way fusing traditional designs with modern materials.  The Pavilion invites visitors on a journey which is truly South African with experiences ranging from traditional artefacts, to world-class wines and modern urban living solutions.Background on South Africa: China Relatonsi1998: Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China2000: South Africa and China sign the Pretoria Declaration on partnership relations, followed by the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), under which five sectoral committees, respectively on diplomatic affairs, trade, education, science and technology, and defense, have been set up.2004: China and South Africa define their relations as “strategic partnership of equality, mutual benefit and common development”.2007: South Africa Environmental Affairs and Tourism / China National Tourism Administration: MOU on Approved Destination Status (ADS).2007: To encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Africa (entire continent), the Chinese government established the China-Africa Fund with an initial sum of 1 billion U.S. dollars. By the end of 2008, fund had invested about US$400 million in 20 projects, which brought cumulative investment in Africa by Chinese enterprises to about 2 billion U.S. dollars.2007: Cabinet Lekgotla’s decision of July 2007, identified China as the test case for coordinated planning and implementation of the country’s international relations; marketing South Africa abroad; and strengthening South Africa’s economic diplomacy – today being realized by Shanghai Expo.2008: 10 year anniversary of diplomatic ties.  Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China launched on 7 January 2008 as another vehicle to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries.For further information regarding this press release,please contact MS&L:Lucy XuTel: +(8621) 5465 8487Mobile: 13917488319Email: lucy.xu@mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds ADVERTISEMENT Marco Andretti has 2 chances to bounce back at Detroit GP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sampaoli, dressed in Argentina colors, said his mission is “to build a team that respects the history of Argentinian football” and bring fans back.He is Argentina’s third coach during the current edition of the World Cup qualifiers in South America, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza. Argentina is currently fifth in qualifying — only the top four get direct spots at Russia 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSampaoli, who left Spanish club Sevilla to take the national job, will get his first game in charge against Brazil in a friendly on June 9 in Melbourne, Australia.Most players in the squad have been involved in three consecutive narrow defeats in finals: World Cup 2014, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. But Sampaoli knows his biggest challenge lies with Messi delivering good performances for the national team. Argentina’s new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli poses between his coaching staff Sebastian Beccacece, left, and Jorge Desio at the end of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. APBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Jorge Sampaoli has taken over as Argentina coach and faces the challenge of bringing out the best in superstar Lionel Messi for his national team and restoring the confidence of fans.“It is a dream that I cherished for ages. This is a position I always admired — It generates a lot of dreams and passion,” the 57-year-old Sampaoli told a press conference Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here,” Sampaoli said, adding that he’d spoken with Messi in recent days.Argentina will play Uruguay on Aug. 31 in its next World Cup qualifying match. After that, there will be only three games to secure a spot in Russia.“The difficulty in the qualifiers is real: Argentina is not qualified, but we know we have the resources for that,” he said.Sampaoli only became famous at home when he took Chile to its first major trophy by beating Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final.last_img read more

NorthPort ‘gave up in the last 5 minutes’ vs Rain or Shine

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations James Yap hit a big three-pointer with 2:50 left to give the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead that highlighted Rain or Shine’s game-closing 10-0 run.Jarencio said the team relaxed on defense and that was what irked since he described his offense as adequate.“Suddenly our bigs were not pressuring their [Rain or Shine] bigs and defensively we relaxed,” said Jarencio. “We were okay on offense but basketball is all about defense because if you don’t have defense you won’t win for sure.”“We cannot play 43 minutes, we have to play 48 minutes of good basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MANILA, Philippines—NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio had a simple explanation for the Batang Pier’s 107-1001 loss to Rain or Shine, 107-100, in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “We gave up in the last five minutes,” said Jarencio as his team dripped to a 2-2 record.“We were there, we were in control and then they changed their lineup with [Gabe] Norwood and [Mark] Borboran on the floor at the same time and that was when we stopped playing the right way,” added Jarencio in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBorboran entered the fourth at the 10:07 mark and that was when the complexion slowly started to change for the Elasto Painters as they went on a 16-4 run to take a 97-95 lead after Maverick Ahanmisi’s three-pointer with 5:31 left.The Batang Pier answered with a five-point swing to take a 100-97 lead less than two minutes later but that was NorthPort’s final hoorah of the game. View commentslast_img read more