Interview: China playing active role in Africa's integration, says Ghanaian FM

08:49, February 01, 2011      

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China is playing an active role in pushing forward Africa's integration, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Alhaji Mohammad Mumuni told Xinhua on Monday.

Mumuni made the remarks during an exclusive interview with Xinhua at the sidelines of the 16th African Union (AU) summit held here under the theme "Towards Greater Integration and Unity Through Shared Values."

"When we talk about integration, we are talking about Africa coming together, putting out economies together, connecting our economies, building more cooperation and collaboration among ourselves, and we believe in this kind of situation China can really help pushing Africa as a unified whole," Mumuni said.

He said China is providing much support to the AU, pointing out that the AU new Conference Center project is a good example.

The project, fully-funded by the Chinese government and constructed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), was China's largest-scale aid project for Africa in decades.

"That is solid support for integration, bringing the African people together," the foreign minister said.

Mumuni described the China-Africa relationship as a "very distinct" one, saying it is different from the "colonial relationship" and "exploitative relationship" that Africa had with the West.

"China is coming in as a genuine partner, whereby we put our resources together," he said.

He said China invests in exploration of Africa's resources, while helping Africa with its industrialization by providing skills, knowledge, and the know-how.

"It is a fair exchange. We are doing it on a very fair, equitable basis, without any intention, (such as) one side trying to exploit and take advantage of the other," said Mumuni.

The 16th AU summit brought together heads of state and government from AU member countries and development partners to discuss issues including Africa's integration, and peace and stability on the continent, among others.

The summit is expected to conclude later on Monday.

Source: Xinhua

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