Climate change poses threat to Africa's development: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Japan for the African Development Summit.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says climate change poses a serious potential threat to Africa's development and prosperity and has urged countries to develop future-proof economic growth models.

Ramaphosa told a session on climate change that South Africa was working towards implementing the Sendai Framework while ensuring its appropriate integration with the broader climate change and sustainable development agenda. 

"South Africa has made substantial progress in adopting and implementing disaster risk reduction strategies within a solid legislative framework," Ramaphosa said.

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"Measures are being put in place to ensure the strengthening of resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and disasters."

The African continent contributes less than 6 percent of global greenhouses gas emissions and has often been disproportionately affected by more frequent extreme weather and climate events. 

Ramaphosa visited the Nissan Motor Corporation headquarters in Yokohama where he engaged with business leaders at a South Africa/Japan business forum. 

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He encouraged potential investors to collaborate with South Africa and the broader African continent to establish their businesses in the world's next frontier market.

Ramaphosa invited investors to attend the South Africa Investment Conference scheduled for November.

"South Africa has been a good partner to Japanese businesses over the years and we have been able to address the challenges and constraints that were raised we seek to be an entrepreneurial nation and our objective is for business to succeed," the president said.