ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a crucial platform that advances
Sino-African partnership, said Erastus Mwencha, former Deputy Chairperson of the
African Union Commission.
also hailed China’s “tremendous” support to Africa’s development in different
journalists on Tuesday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Mwencha noted that
FOCAC has always been important since its beginning by fostering cooperation
between the two sides on investment, trade, agriculture and mining sectors,
“It is a
great leap in terms of cooperation between Africa and China, in the areas of
trade, investment, agriculture, mining and the rest,” he said.
He also noted
that the upcoming FOCAC summit in Beijing is expected to include areas also
under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and other development
FOCAC is very important because Africa has just developed its agenda 2063 and
China has also come up with some 10 areas that President Xi Jinping would like
to see cooperation between Africa and China, noted Mwencha.
“So, this is
a very crucial meeting which I think will advance the cooperation between China
and Africa,” he added.
overall Sino-Africa cooperation, Mwencha noted that China has been a very
strategic partner of Africa, whereby it provides support to infrastructure,
mining sector and industrialization on the continent.
“I think from
the African perspective, China has been a very strategic partner what others
have not been able to do for the last 15 years. China has done tremendously in
the last 10 years,” he said.
been very strategic in supporting African countries in infrastructure
development and in some of the sectors that others perhaps could not have been
going to,” he said.
underlined the need for Africa to strengthen partnership with China to benefit
from the development of critical sectors such as manufacturing and agro-industry
“China is now
moving to a higher level of technology in terms of development trajectory; and
they are giving up almost, you know, 85,000 jobs every other day because of
moving in that higher technology. These are like in the areas of light
manufacturing and agro-industries for which Africa should position itself
to...from China,” he said.
China has been willing and ready to partner with Africa. Just look at the number
of industrial parks that have been set up on the continent,” he added.