BEIJING, (Xinhua) --
Experts from China and African countries shared
their insights on all-round cooperation for mutual benefit and
common development at a two-day forum that concluded Tuesday.
The annual forum of
the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR),
with a theme featuring “China and Africa Jointly Building a
Community of Shared Future,” focused on communication and
cooperation between China and Africa in areas ranging from
economy, security, state governance, to the development and
future of China-Africa relations.
While addressing the
closing session, CICIR President Ji Zhiye said that the
proposals raised by the experts will be presented at the
upcoming summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in
The summit is bound
to bear rich fruits for people’s livelihoods as providing people
with sufficient food remains the top priority for many African
countries, said Michael Sun, councilor and member of the Mayoral
Committee for Public Safety in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Home to more
developing countries than any other continent, Africa has great
development potential at a time when the world is undergoing
profound changes, said Sun.
As the world is in
the midst of various risks and trade protectionism is mounting,
James Shikwati, director of the Inter Region Economic Network in
Kenya, called on China and Africa to further strengthen
all-round pragmatic cooperation and ensure smooth implementation
of cooperation agreements.
It is of strategic
significance to build a community with a shared future enabling
China and Africa to carry out cooperation in more fields such as
big data and machine intelligence, said Shikwati.
Beyene, executive director of the Center for Dialogue, Research,
and Cooperation in Ethiopia, said that the Belt and Road
Initiative has brought new development opportunities for African
countries, adding that the initiative is conducive to inclusive
growth and common prosperity for participating countries.
Data from the
African Affairs Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs shows that China-Africa trade grew from a mere 765
million U.S. dollars in 1978 to 170 billion dollars in 2017.
China has also maintained its position as Africa’s largest
trading partner for eight years in a row.
Trade and economic
cooperation are crucial for rapid economic growth and poverty
alleviation on the African continent, Beyene said.
was also high on the agenda at the forum. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey,
director of the African Union’s (AU) Algiers-based African
Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, called for joint
efforts to tackle security challenges and strengthen all-round
importance of promoting common, comprehensive, cooperative, and
sustainable security, he said Africa should learn from China’s
experience in grassroots governance by empowering local
Of the five
permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is the
largest contributor of peacekeeping forces in Africa, with more
than 2,000 Chinese troops carrying out missions on the
As China and Africa
have shared common interests and aspiration for hundreds of
years, the building of a shared future is sure to be achieved as
long as they synergize the Chinese dream of national
rejuvenation and Africa’s 2063 Agenda for peace and prosperity,
said Seyoum Mesfin, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of
This year’s CICIR
forum attracted more than 40 experts and officials from China
and 12 African countries and representatives from international
organizations including the United Nations, AU, and the
International Committee of the Red Cross, according to the