Zimbabwe hails China-Africa summit as "very successful"

20:31, November 11, 2009      

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Zimbabwe has hailed the just concluded fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as "a very successful meeting", Wednesday's The Herald said.

Speaking at Harare International Airport soon after arrival on Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who accompanied President Robert Mugabe to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the meeting, said the Zimbabwean delegation was pleased with proceedings at the summit.

"It was a very successful meeting and we are pleased with the manner in which cooperation between Africa and China is developing," he said.

"At the last summit in Beijing in 2006, China pledged to assist in a number of ways and so far 95 percent of those promises have been fulfilled. We are confident that by the end of the year all the targets will have been met," Mumbengegwi said.

Mumbengegwi said Beijing would augment this by training teachers and other personnel, especially in the agricultural sector.

President Mugabe and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held bilateral talks on Saturday, during which the leaders agreed on establishing a new developmental package for Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwean government and Chinese Embassy officials said finer details of the proposed package would be thrashed out soon at a relevant forum.

In his address to the opening session of the meeting on Sunday morning, President Mugabe said China's partnership with Africa provided the best example of how countries should relate globally at the economic, political and cultural levels.

Mugabe hailed China-Africa ties, China has managed to build a robust economy without resorting to looting and plundering the developing world like the West had done.

He said China's economic miracle was an inspiration to the rest of the world.

Source: Xinhua
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