Fruitful results witnessed 1 year after landmark meeting of China, Africa cooperation: Chinese envoy

10:30, January 29, 2011      

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Fruitful results have been achieved some one year after the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Chinese envoy and Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told Xinhua on Friday.

Liu was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the 16th African Union (AU) summit as special envoy of the Chinese government.

During the FOCAC ministerial meeting held in November 2009 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Chinese government announced eight new measures of promoting Sino-African cooperation.

Since then, China has been actively implementing various programs and projects according to the eight new measures, Liu said.

The “China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Program” and the “China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program” have been launched, Liu said, adding that the aid program of agricultural demonstration center is in smooth implementation process.

Meanwhile, China is actively working on establishing the China-Africa partnership in addressing climate change, and is strengthening communication and coordination with Africa on the issue of climate change, Liu said.

The Chinese envoy added that various programs and events such as the China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation Forum, the “African Culture in Focus 2010” activities, and the “20+20 Cooperation Plan of Chinese and African Institutions of Higher Learning” have been launched or successfully held. He said these events have promoted the comprehensive development of China-Africa relations.

A wide range of other measures are also being carried out in an active manner, according to Liu.

The year 2011 is key to the implementation of the measures announced on the fourth ministerial meeting of FOCAC, Liu stressed.

To this end, China will continue strengthening communication and coordination with African countries, carrying out close cooperation and pushing forward the development of the China-Africa new strategic partnership, he pledged.

Source: Xinhua
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