by Peter Mutai and
Zhu Shaobin KIGALI (Xinhua) -- The
commitments by China are set to promote Africa industrialization
once they come to fruition, a Senior African Union (AU) official
Ibrahim Mayaki, the Chief Executive Officer of
the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an AU
development agency, observed on Saturday that the commitments
that were made during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
need to be implemented.
"We are counting on China to continue promoting
industrialization in Africa given that Africa is the youngest
continent in the world," Mayaki said this on the sidelines of
NEPAD’s Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee
meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mayaki revealed that negotiations are at an advanced stage to
have FOCAC projects aligned to regional bodies.
He said that Africa is a long term sustainability partner,
adding that the world’s stability depends on Africa’s stability.
He said that the coming September 2016 G20 conference in
China has come at the right time when the relationship between
Africa and China is at its peak.
"Africa has a lot to learn from China including engineering,"
he said, adding Africa trains less than 30,000 every year while
China graduates nearly 300,000 per year.
Mayaki said that with serious industrialization in Africa
there will be additional jobs to college leavers.
"We need to embark on value addition to enable African
commodities acquire new markets globally besides the big African
market that is under-utilized," he added.
He said that political leaders are currently embracing
priorities towards regional integration as a way to promoting
Nepad is also currently implementing a project on gender,
climate change agriculture in 10 countries with the aim of
scaling it up in other countries.
He revealed that NEPAD has a climate change fund which helps
countries to design projects to tackle the issues of impact of
climate change on agriculture and give them the necessary tools
and resources on specific projects in order to cope with the
"The program is women centered with the aim of bringing
women’s informal businesses to higher levels," he noted.
NEPAD is a planning and coordinating technical body of the AU
that seeks to eradicate poverty and create sustainable growth on
It has 16 regional cross-border projects in infrastructure in
collaboration with the private sector and includes a gas
pipeline project between Nigeria to Algeria, the Congo
Brazzaville-Kinshasa bridge which will be expanded by a railway
and a road.
The projects are undertaken with the African Development Bank
and Regional Economic Communities.
"We are soon launching a youth and skills development on
technical vocational centre’s to increase capacities of
countries to focus on professional training and also link those
centres to the private sector in order to boost youth
South African FM to
co-chair Co-ordinators Meeting of FOCAC
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation Mait Nkoana-Mashabane
will participate in and also co-chair the Coordinators Meeting
of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for
July 29 in Beijing, it was announced on Tuesday.
Nkoana-Mashabane will take the opportunity to strengthen
political and economic relations between South Africa and China,
the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
South Africa and China are the co-chairs of the FOCAC until
2018. The FOCAC Coordinators Meeting will assess the progress in
terms of implementation after the commitments made at the
Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC in December 2015.
The FOCAC meetings are aimed at reinforcing the historical
solidarity of friendship through win-win cooperation that exists
between the governments and people of Africa and China.
This refers, in particular to large infrastructure programs
that complement those identified within the African Union’s
vision for the next 50 years, Agenda 2063.
In particular, attention will be devoted to the
implementation and utilisation of the FOCAC Fund, announced by
Chinese President Xi Jinping during the historic Johannesburg
Nkoana-Mashabane will also engage in discussion with her
counterparts to review the status of bilateral relations and the
implementation of the 23 Agreements signed during President Xi
Jinping’s state visit to South Africa in December 2015,
according to DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela.
China promises more aid to
BEIJING China(Xinhua) --
China will gradually increase aid to Africa, a
Ministry of Commerce (MOC) official said here on Tuesday.
"China’s aid to Africa has been carried out in accordance
with China’s capabilities. The aid to Africa accounts for a
limited proportion of China’s gross domestic product," said Shu
Luomei, an official with the MOC Department of Western Asian and
Since 2000, China has helped Africa build more than 120
educational facilities, nearly 40 irrigation projects to support
agricultural production, and over 70 medical facilities.
Shu’s remarks at a press conference came three days before a
Sino-African coordinators’ meeting on the implementation of
actions resulting from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2015.
At the Johannesburg Summit, China announced 10 major plans
for China-Africa cooperation over the next three years, backed
by a package of 60 billion U.S. dollars.
Of the financial package, 10 billion dollars was allocated to
a China-Africa industrial capacity cooperation fund, which will
mainly invest in manufacturing, hi-tech, agriculture, energy,
infrastructure construction and finance in African countries.
The package also includes 5 billion dollars of free aid and
interest-free loans, 35 billion dollars of preferential loans
and export credit on more favorable terms and 5 billion dollars
of additional capital for the China-Africa Development Fund and
the Special Loan for the Development of African small and
"The MOC, for its part, will push forward these projects in
an orderly manner and in accordance with the schedule," Shu told
Since 2012, China has provided African countries with over 20
billion dollars in loans to support infrastructure, investment,
small- and medium-sized enterprises, agriculture and
Shu said Sino-African economic cooperation has diversified in
the past few years and expanded to more fields including trade,
infrastructure, industrial investment, finance, logistics and
"China’s investment in Africa is a highlight of Sino-African
economic and trade cooperation in the past years.
"It is set to bring Sino-African economic ties to a new level
in the years to come," she said.
MOC data showed that China’s non-financial outbound
investment in Africa jumped 10 percent year on year in the first
half of 2016 to more than 1.3 billion U.S. dollars.
Nigeria sends delegation
to China for FOCAC follow-up meeting
ABUJA Nigeria (Xinhua) --
Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National
Planning Udoma Udo Udoma on Monday led the West African
country’s delegation to China for the Sino-Africa cooperation
coordinators’ meeting scheduled this week in Beijing.
The Nigerian representatives, together with counterparts from
other African countries and China will discuss the
implementation of follow-up actions of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held last December in Johannesburg.
The summit identified 10 critical areas of cooperation
between China and Africa.
A statement issued by the Nigerian government said its
delegation is laden with the responsibility to further boost
Nigeria’s participation in the 10 critical areas covering
agricultural mechanization, infrastructure development,
industrialization, green development, financial cooperation,
The Nigerian delegation to Beijing would also seek means to
fine-tune and strengthen the implementation of bilateral
agreements signed between China and Nigeria during the state
visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to China in April, the
Top political advisor
stresses implementing China-Africa co-operation plans
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
China is willing to work with Guinea to
implement the cooperation plans put forward at the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit last year, top political
advisor Yu Zhengsheng has said.
Yu made the remarks when meeting with Rabiatou Serah Diallo,
President of the Economic and Social Council of Guinea.
This year is the first year for implementing the outcomes of
the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC in 2015. China announced
ten major China-Africa cooperation plans for the next three
years, backed by 60 billion U.S. dollars, including
interest-free loans and preferential policies.
China and Guinea have enhanced political trust and trade ties
and supported each other on issues related to core interests and
major concerns, said Yu, chairman of the Chinese People’s
Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.
Also on Friday, Du Qinglin, vice chairman of the CPPCC
National Committee and chairman of China Economic and Social
Council, held talks with Diallo, calling on the two councils to
strengthen coordination and cooperation to make new
contributions to bilateral ties.
Diallo thanked China for its long-term assistance, expressing
willingness to increase exchanges with the CPPCC in state
governance and maintain friendly relations between the two
China to host FOCAC summit
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
China will host a meeting on last December’s
FOCAC summit, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced on
The meeting on delivering the outcomes of the Johannesburg
Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be
held on July 29 in Beijing, according to spokesperson Lu Kang.
Forum members agreed on 10 major cooperations for the next
three years during the summit last December, covering such areas
as industrialization, agriculture and public health.
Ministerial-level officials from the 52 African countries
involved, diplomats and Chinese officials will attend the
Africa making gains from
China’s co-operation : AU official
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
China’s economic cooperation with Africa
is behind enormous development programs that are today solving
several problems on the continent; a Senior African Union (AU)
official has said.
Erastus Mwencha, the Outgoing Deputy Chairperson of the AU
Commission acknowledged on Friday that Africa has changed
greatly since the Asian country embarked on serious cooperation
"The Chinese government has supported us in peace and
security and supported in the management of Ebola outbreak
amongst other projects in the continent," Mwencha told Xinhua at
the ongoing 27th AU Summit held in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.
He revealed that in recent past, China has taken a more
hands-on approach to the mediation in the Sudan-South Sudan
Mwencha noted that under the cooperation, plans are underway
to establish the first Centre of Disease Control in Africa with
support from China besides focusing on industrialization,
infrastructure and poverty reduction.
Mwencha said that despite China’s decreased imports from
Africa last year due to low commodity prices and slowing growth
in the country, the cooperation must be strengthened further.
He said that the commitments made at the Forum on China-
Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that was held in South Africa in
December last year are being pursued.
"Deliberations around industrialization, infrastructure and
poverty reduction in the continent has to be given priority as
they form part and parcel of the AU 2063 Agenda’s vision of
transforming the countries’ economies as they move from low
income to middle level," he said.