The Senior Official Meeting (SOM) of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum opened Monday in Addis Ababa.
The meeting, which is the first of its kind to be held in Africa, will evaluate the implementation of the documents adopted at the previous forum's ministerial conference held in Beijing in the year of 2000, and also make preparations for the next ministerial conference to be held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia in 2003.
During the meeting, participants will also discuss the issue of further cooperation between China-Africa and New Partnership for Africa's Development.
Delegations coming from about 45 African countries, plus China, attended the opening of the SOM.
The Chinese government, in accordance with the suggestion of some African countries, initiated the forum with the aim of strengthening consultation and cooperation between China and African countries.
In July 2001, through ministerial level consultation held in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, it was decided that Ethiopia would host the next senior official meeting and ministerial meeting of the forum in 2002 and 2003 respectively.