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New FOCAC meeting to make plans for future China-Africa cooperation

African leaders at the FOCA meeting in 2018

 

Beijing, China | Xinhua | A Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting to be held at the end of November is expected to produce plans for friendly China-Africa cooperation in the next phase, said a white paper released Friday.

The white paper, titled “China and Africa in the New Era: A Partnership of Equals,” hailed the meeting as an important diplomatic event for China and Africa to discuss cooperation plans and promote common development, saying it will be of great importance in promoting post-pandemic economic recovery and development in Africa, China and the world at large.

Together the two sides will plan and discuss the outcomes to be adopted at the meeting regarding key areas including health, investment and trade, industrialization, agricultural modernization, climate change responses and digital economy, the white paper added.

Meanwhile,  China-Africa cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative has shown great resilience and vitality since the outbreak of COVID-19, helping anti-pandemic cooperation between the two sides, said a white paper released Friday.

According to the white paper titled “China and Africa in the New Era: A Partnership of Equals,” more than 1,100 China-Africa joint programs have continued, and nearly 100,000 Chinese technicians and workers have remained at their posts during the pandemic.

Under the combined efforts of the two sides, a number of major projects have been completed or seen progress, said the white paper.

Also, the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway have increased transport capacity in the face of adversity, making an important contribution to local efforts to fight COVID-19, safeguard lives, and rebuild the economy, the white paper noted.

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