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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Africa must strengthen cooperation with
China to reduce poverty: experts

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- African countries need to strengthen their partnership with China in areas that advance socio-economic transformation as outlined in the continent’s Agenda 2063, experts said on Wednesday during a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

While acknowledging that poverty, disease and civil turmoil remain key challenges in Africa, the experts proposed a strategic collaboration with China to help address them conclusively.

“Under Agenda 2063, African countries have a responsibility of ensuring there are reduced levels of extreme poverty in the region by 2063,” Apollos Nwafor, the Pan Africa Director of Ethiopia-based Oxfam International told Xinhua during an interview.

“There exists an opportunity for African countries to pursue partnerships with China to speed industrialization which would then result to creation of jobs for the citizens of the African continent. In the long term we will see a reduction of poverty in Africa,” he added.

The Sino-African trade relation has been on the rise in the past decade as China continues to expand its investments in the service sector mainly through infrastructural and manufacturing developments.

In 2000, China-Africa trade volumes stood at 10 billion U.S. dollars; by 2014, the value had shot to 220 billion dollars according to Fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum (CAIF). With such pace, the country targets to reach 400 billion dollars by 2020.

However, Nwafor was emphatic on equally shifting focus on balancing trade flows between China and respective African counties to draw mutual benefits and spur both-end advancements.

“It is important that the African continent transforms from being an exporter of raw materials to a processor that manufactures products consumable in Africa and in other countries such as China,” he said.

Importantly, China need to engage in multiple co-operations with the African countries to assist them in achieving the Agenda 2063 of reducing extreme poverty and transforming the continent, observed Gideon Jalata,the Program Manager for Africa-China Dialogue Platform.

“The partnerships have the potential of bringing more benefits to Africa profoundly transforming its status and opening more job opportunities to unemployed youth,” said Jalata.

It is therefore very critical that Africa and China establish a mutual engagement mechanism to ensure Africans benefit from the co-operations,” he added.

The accomplished scholar said Africa must be empowered to address its problems instead of being provided with short-term donations.

“Aid is not a solution to African problems. What Africa needs is technical support to be able to tackle their own problems,” Jalata said.

China transferring its technological prowess to the African youth would be a step forward to creating entrepreneurs becoming the engines of industrialization in the region, he said.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

China says committed to helping Africa address socio-economic challenges

By Robert Manyara ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- China is firmly committed to empowering the African continent to tackle socio-economic challenges of employment, food and health, a Chinese mission to the African Union (AU) said.

Chen Xufeng, charge d’affaires ad interim of the Chinese Mission to the African Union, said late Wednesday that Beijing was ready to help African countries develop self-sustainable systems of industrialization, food security and disease prevention and control.

“China has initiated new concepts for China-Africa cooperation which is outlined by the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith,” Chen told journalists attending a workshop on China-Africa engagement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Chen said China would support Africa’s efforts to solve major development obstacles including a lack of quality infrastructure, professional and skilled personnel and financial resources.

In the 2015 Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China promised 60 billion U.S. dollars as funding support to accelerate Africa’s industrialization and agricultural modernization.

The FOCAC summit resulted in more than 600 projects worth over 108 billion dollars implemented across Africa, some of which have been completed, ongoing or awaiting take off, said Chen.

“These projects could directly create 209,000 jobs and could contribute 1.15 billion dollars of tax revenue for African countries,” Chen said.

He said China has so far provided vocational training opportunities to over 100,000 African people with at least 20,000 others benefiting from government scholarships.

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HANGZHOU China (Xinhua) -- BRICS should work more closely in the statistical field, China’s top statistician said Thursday.

Speaking at a meeting of statistics chiefs from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Ning Jizhe, head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), proposed a better mechanism for the meetings of BRICS statisticians with more collaboration, communication and coordination.

Ning also suggested that more indicators of sustainability be added to the BRICS Joint Statistics Publication, an annual report on social and economic development, to demonstrate the role of BRICS in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Authorities should monitor the data for new economic drivers and new industries to provide accurate figures for new sources of growth, Ning said.

At Thursday’s meeting, the NBS unveiled an index tracking the performance of China’s new growth drivers, which is composed of sub-indices for economic vitality, digital economy, innovation, economic upgrading and knowledge.

The ninth BRICS summit, which concluded Tuesday in the southeastern city of Xiamen, adopted a declaration reaffirming the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation.

Combined GDP of the five countries accounted for 22.53 percent of world economy in 2015. Their contribution to world economic growth exceeded 50 percent in the past 10 years. Their total outward investment accounted for 12 percent in the world in 2016.

HANGZHOU, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- BRICS should work more closely in the statistical field, China’s top statistician said Thursday.

Speaking at a meeting of statistics chiefs from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Ning Jizhe, head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), proposed a better mechanism for the meetings of BRICS statisticians with more collaboration, communication and coordination.

Ning also suggested that more indicators of sustainability be added to the BRICS Joint Statistics Publication, an annual report on social and economic development, to demonstrate the role of BRICS in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Authorities should monitor the data for new economic drivers and new industries to provide accurate figures for new sources of growth, Ning said.

At Thursday’s meeting, the NBS unveiled an index tracking the performance of China’s new growth drivers, which is composed of sub-indices for economic vitality, digital economy, innovation, economic upgrading and knowledge.

The ninth BRICS summit, which concluded Tuesday in the southeastern city of Xiamen, adopted a declaration reaffirming the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation.

Combined GDP of the five countries accounted for 22.53 percent of world economy in 2015. Their contribution to world economic growth exceeded 50 percent in the past 10 years. Their total outward investment accounted for 12 percent in the world in 2016.

             

 

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