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SA's DST Participation at Shangai 2010 World Expo

The Rise of a Modern Economy – Ke Nako!

SA, and, in particular DST, is playing a crucial role at the annual 2010 Shangai World Expo in China http://www.dfa.gov.za/shanghaiexpo/partshanghaiexpo.htm. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation, together with participating government departments in South Africa, has been responsible for the overall preparation of the Expo.

The overall theme for the Expo is “Better Cities: Better Life” and the South African theme is “SA: The rise of a modern economy – Ke nako!” . In addition to the South African theme, there are also monthly themes to be coordinated by selected Departments. The DST (Department of Science and Technology) will capitalize on this event as a platform to market its system as a preferred destination for science and technology collaboration and projects.

Currently, the DST enjoys good relations with the Ministry of Science and Technology in China and views China as one of its priority countries. This is in part, because of the number of joint research and exchange programmes being conducted between the two countries as well as its growing stature economically and in science and technology matters.

The DST is inter alia representing Inkaba yeAfrica as one of their key bilateral relations programmes, focusing on the months May (opening) and October 2010 (closure). 15 000 Inkaba brochures have been designed to be distributed at this major event (a downloadable webpage copy and print ready copy is available under Publications > Popular Media on www.inkaba.org ).

MONTH THEME
   
May South Africa’s contribution to the FIFA 2010 Football World Cup
·Technology and Innovation re Urban Development
June Remodelling of communities in the city
Fighting urban poverty (best practices in all provinces)
Cosmo cities (Gauteng e.g. Alexandra)
Inner city regeneration
July A Modern Economy
August A Modern Economy
September Tourism and Heritage
October Environment and Climate Change

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