BEIJING-- President Xi Jinping says China will implement eight major initiatives with African countries in the next three years and beyond, covering fields such as industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, and green development.
Xi made the announcement in a keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) here Monday.
On industrial promotion, Xi said a China-Africa economic and trade expo will be set up in China and Chinese companies will be encouraged to increase investment in Africa. China will carry out 50 agricultural assistance programmes, provide emergency humanitarian food aid amounting to one billion yuan (147 million US dollars) to African countries affected by natural disasters, and send 500 senior agricultural experts to Africa.
On infrastructure connectivity, Xi said China will work with the African Union (AU) to formulate a China-Africa infrastructure co-operation plan and support Chinese companies in taking part in Africa's infrastructure development by way of investment-construction-operation or through other models.
On trade facilitation, Xi said China will increase imports, especially non-resource products, from Africa and support African countries in participating in the China International Import Exposition. The least developed African countries will be exempted from paying exhibition stand fees, he said.
On green development, Xi said China will undertake 50 aid projects on green development, and ecological and environmental protection, with a focus on climate change, the ocean, desertification prevention and control, and wildlife protection.
On capacity building, Xi said China will set up 10 Luban Workshops in Africa to offer vocational training for young Africans. China will also train 1,000 high-caliber Africans, provide Africa with 50,000 government scholarships, sponsor seminar and workshop opportunities for 50,000 Africans, and invite 2,000 African youth to visit China for exchanges.
On health care, Xi said China will upgrade 50 medical and health aid programmes for Africa, with a focus on flagship projects such as the headquarters of the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and China-Africa Friendship Hospitals.
On people-to-people exchanges, Xi said China will set up an institute of African studies and enhance exchanges with Africa on civilization. China welcomes Africa's participation in the Silk Road International League of Theatres, the Silk Road International Museum Alliance and the Network of Silk Road Art Festivals.
On peace and security, Xi said China will set up a China-Africa peace and security fund and continue providing free military aid to the AU. A total of 50 security assistance programmes will be carried out in the fields including UN peacekeeping missions, fighting piracy, and combating terrorism.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK