The Third China-Africa People’s Forum inaugurated in Khartoum

By: Mohammed Osman

Khartoum (Sudanow. Info) – Delegations from 27 African states and China are currently taking part in The Third China-Africa People’s Forum which started sessions in Khartoum, Monday.

The Third China-Africa People’s Forum opened session in Khartoum, Monday, in the presence of delegations of 27 African countries, more than 86 leaders of Chinese and African organizations, AU Chairman’s representative, Ms. Wang chi Chien, Deputy Chairperson of China's top political advisory body and representative of the Forum Follow-Up Committee Mr. Wang Cheng.

Recommended during the 2006 summit between the Chinese President and African Heads of state, the Forum held its first session in Kenya, 2011 and the 2nd session in China, 2012.

The 3rd Forum is to discuss during two days how to combat poverty through exchange of experiences, efforts to push forwards friendly partnership between Chinese and African peoples and promotion of ties between businessmen in both regions.

Sudan's First Vice –President, Lt. General Bakri Hassan Salih, told the opening session that Chinese-African relations are based on the principles of cooperation, respect and joint interests. He said China is Sudan's major trade partner and comes as the top foreign investor in the country.

Ms. Wang chi Chien, Deputy Chairperson of China's top political Advisory body, has underlined that Chinese-African relations have entered a new stage. She stressed that current developments in the region are conducive for realizing the joint goals and boosting cooperation. She expressed satisfaction over the remarkable achievements in the field of mutual cooperation and friendship which became a model in international relations. The Chinese official has reaffirmed her country would work in partnership with Africa to realize the joint dream of peace and development.

Mr. Li Chong Tong, Chairperson of Chinese NGOs Network stressed that the Forum has become an important platform for dialogue between the two parties on ways suitable for handling the challenges that faced them. He underlined the key role of civil organizations in strengthening ties between peoples in general and Chinese-African peoples in particular.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the Forum, saying it would inject fresh vitality into the new type of strategic partnership between the two sides.

"This year's forum, under the theme of (Sharing Experience, Deepening Cooperation, Taking Actions -- Chinese and African People's Common Goal for Poverty Reduction) would build closer traditional friendship, deepen the two sides exchanges and mutual learning in their concept and experience of development, benefit people's well-being, and help Africa realize the Millennium Development Goal". He said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also sent a video message to the forum stressed the UN support for the African continent and its endeavors to realize sustainable development and respect of human rights.

He commended Sudan for hosting the forum and China as the major trade partner for Africa calling for exerting of more efforts in the fields of poverty and diseases reduction as well as youth and communication development.

China's relations with Africa started way back during the 1950's and 1960s when it supported the liberations movements in Africa. In the 1990s the approach took the shape of trade and investment in the African unexploited natural resources. The African countries welcomed the Chinese investment as Chin’s huge and swift progress was serving as model to copy.

Moreover, the Chinese mode of economic transaction with African states, dissimilar to Western countries, is not linked to the International Monetary Fund requirements or political prerequisites such as democratization, human rights or combat of corruption.

Chinese senior officials, including former President Hu Jintau, embarked in visiting African states to further promote bilateral and collective relations.

African countries in return provide China with oil products and raw materials which are of utmost importance to Beijing, the world’s second-largest energy consumer, and the major developing country.

The outcome of this mutual cooperation was that China-Africa trade reached US$210 billion by 2013 i.e. 2,000 times that of 1960, according to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a visit he paid this month to a number of African countries. He added that China has been Africa’s biggest trading partner for the past five years. He revealed that more than 2,500 Chinese companies are currently operating in Africa, creating over 100,000 jobs for the local communities.

Last year, the over 1.4 million visits by Chinese travelers generated huge amount of exchange revenue for Africa. “According to an IMF report, China-Africa cooperation has contributed to more than 20% of Africa’s development” Keqiang added. China also wrote off 20 billion Yuan (about 3.2 billion US dollars) worth of debts on African countries by the end of 2013.

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