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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, K.D. Knight has hailed the election of South Africa to the chairmanship of the Group of 77 & China as a “good choice”.
He said that the overwhelming support of South Africa’s candidacy was a clear indication that it was the right choice.
Minister Knight’s remarks came at the end of the 29th annual meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Group of 77 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on September 22.
The Minister, who chaired both sessions of the day-long meeting, pointed out that South Africa has been very active in the Group of 77 & China for some time and, “I have no doubt that they will bring excellence to the chairmanship at all levels”.
Mr. Knight said he believed that the major challenges which South Africa would face when it took over the chairmanship in January 2006, would be issues dealing with the development agenda, South South co-operation and debt relief.
The Minister said that in this difficult international economic environment, “members states would have to identify how to take our countries forward”. He proposed the implementation of development related decisions, significant increase in Official Development Assistance (ODA) on a rigid timetable, changing international trade rules to make them more development oriented, more Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and increased access to technology.
Member states also used the session to express their appreciation for Jamaica’s “excellent chairmanship” of the Group of 77 & China.
The G-77 & China is the largest group of developing countries in the United Nations system, which has 132 members.