South Africa has described her collaboration with Sweden as enormous opportunities in addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa stated this while speaking on at the 9th session of the South Africa-Sweden Bi-National Commission in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ramaphosa said the partnership would be beneficial for South Africa as it was on a quest to effectively deal with developing the economy, create jobs and develop skills that are supportive to the needs of the people.
‘We are confident that we will succeed because we have dependable, strategic partners such as Sweden which will continue to be with us to achieve higher levels of growth and employment and increase the international competitiveness of our economy,’ Ramaphosa said.
He said the cooperation between the two countries would also promote trade and investment.
Sweden was also facing its own youth unemployment challenges, which it is working hard to address.
‘In our relationship, we can share ideas and develop strategies to address this common challenge,’ he said.
The Deputy President’s visit to Sweden is aimed at consolidating political and economic bilateral relations between the two countries in the areas of trade and industry, science and technology, higher education, environment, water and sanitation, telecommunications and cooperative governance.