President Weah Arrives in Beijing to Attend 3RD Summit of FOCAC

Virginia Carson
September 3, 2018

China would be happy to help Africa upgrade its customs and commodities inspection facilities and provide supplies and equipment to improve trade connectivity with the continent, the Chinese leader added.

The third summit of the FOCAC, which has as its theme: "China and Africa: Towards an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future Through Win-Win Cooperation", runs from September 3 - 5, while the seventh Ministerial Conference takes place on September 2, 2018.

"FOCAC refutes the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa as our detractors would have us believe".

It turns out, however, that a handful of African leaders preferred to remain at home to tackle other affairs at a time that the continent is nearly bereft of presidents.

On industrial promotion, Xi said a China-Africa economic and trade expo will be set up in China and Chinese companies are encouraged to increase investment in Africa.

The documents are expected to build on the outcomes of the Johannesburg summit, during which Xi announced 10 major cooperation plans to promote industrialisation and agricultural modernisation in Africa.

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ZIMBABWE is working closely with China to support local exporting companies as part of measures to boost its foreign currency earnings, which will in turn stabilise the economy, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Busi Moyo has said.

There was no desire to seek political strength or selfish gains through providing assistance, he said.

China has established 54 Confucius Institutes and 27 Confucius classrooms in 41 African countries.

More concrete projects are expected to come into being during the upcoming series of FOCAC events, including the High-Level Dialogue of China-Africa Leaders and Business Representatives and the 6th China-Africa Business Forum.

During his visit to Uganda in July Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India's partnership now includes implementation of 180 Lines of Credit worth about United States dollars 11 billion in over 40 African countries.

"Long-term, sustainable China-Africa development depends on the young people of both sides", Liu said. China was a trusted and committed partner in advancing Africa's vision, he said.

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He praised China for its "remarkable economic achievements" including that it lifted millions of its people out of poverty. China's investment in Africa is over $100 billion, more than 100 times that of 2000. The initiatives include infrastructure connectivity, green development, and health care, as well as peace and security.

It is the only African state to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

He said the initiative would position the continent as a global competitor and "China could reap the benefits of a massive continental market".

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will continue to reengage with the outside world and will not use sanctions as an excuse for lack of development.

Liu said China-Africa people-to-people exchanges should pay special attention to the needs of young Africans since they account for a large percentage of the population and face challenges such as unemployment.

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