President Cyril Ramaphosa says this weekend’s G7 Outreach Summit in Canada where he and other leaders of developing nations met the G7 leaders, was a success. Ramaphosa was speaking in an exclusive interview with SABC News.

He says despite US President Donald Trump withdrawing his country’s endorsement of the G7 communique, the summit was largely a success.

“The G7 itself for the most part was successful because countries reached consensus and it will be that it is the usage of language, the terms that have been used. It’s a pity that spat that has now ensued between Canada and the United States, between the two personalities, is now muddying the water. In the main they covered a lot of important areas that can have an impact on the economy of the world,” says Ramaphosa.

 

He says those who participated in the outreach found all the G7 members reaching consensus with them on the need for all to work together to look after our oceans to ensure there is less debris in our oceans because that does not only affect the fish but humans as well.

Ramaphosa says he is disappointed that the G7 were not able to find a way forward to fight rising protectionism.

“That is disappointing because protectionism is never good for any economy. We need to open up our economies more and more so that we can trade across barriers, which is precisely what we are seeking to do in Africa.”

Watch the video below for the full interview: