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Interview: Africa-China partnership key to regional growth: IMF official

By David Musyoka (Xinhua)

08:33, October 23, 2012

NAIROBI, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Africa is in a better position to use its partnership with China to access resources arising from growing trade and diplomatic relations to strengthen growth and resilience of African economies, according to a senior IMF official.

Director of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) African Department Antoinette Monsio Sayeh said Africa should use resources from China to build sustainable economic growth that will lead to strong economies of the future.

"It is tremendous opportunity for the continent. What is important is that these resources from China are managed in a transparent manner," Sayeh told Xinhua in an interview in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Monday.

China is the biggest single country trade partner with Africa, accounting for 15 percent of all exports from the region according to the IMF. Bilateral trade has been growing at an average pace of 33.6 percent per year for the past 10 years.

"This in itself indicates the importance of China-Africa relations and the opportunity they offer for the continent to consolidate its economic growth," she said.

She said Africa should be able to evaluate proposals from China and adopt those that are fair based on each of the country's development needs.

The IMF official said Africa can win more from China if the continent improves its infrastructure and implements policies that make it easier to do business in the continent.

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