French.china.org.cn| Updated on 29-11-2021
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Dakar that the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FCSA) would be a new milestone in China-Africa relations.
Wang made the remarks during a joint press conference with Senegalese Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall after their meeting.
Wang, who noted that the present situation was an important moment for the global fight against the pandemic and for economic recovery, stressed that Senegal had met the high expectations of various African countries to organize the conference at the expected date by overcoming the impact of the pandemic. It demonstrates the shared determination of China and Africa to overcome difficulties together and achieve common development, while also exemplifying the China-Africa community of destiny.
The Chinese foreign minister once again thanked the Senegalese government and people for their major contributions to the holding of this conference.
The FCSA, he said, is an essential platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism for practical cooperation between China and Africa. In addition, the forum has become a paradigm for international development cooperation and a model for South-South cooperation through 20 years of joint efforts by both sides.
Since the creation of the forum, Chinese companies have built more than 10,000 km of railroads, nearly 100,000 km of expressways, around 1,000 bridges, 100 ports and more than 80 large-scale power plants for Africa, Mr. Wang, adding that Chinese companies have also helped African countries build more than 130 medical institutions, 45 gymnasiums and more than 170 schools, and trained more than 160,000 professionals in various fields for the continent.
He noted that Chinese medical teams had so far treated 230 million patients in Africa and that a network service funded by China was used by 700 million user terminals. According to the minister, it is now possible to observe the achievements of Sino-African cooperation throughout Africa and at the level of local communities and families.
Solidarity and mutual aid between China and Africa not only consolidated Africa’s independent political status but also strengthened its capacity for sustainable development, thus portraying a remarkable picture of Sino-African friendship, a- he added.
After the 2018 Beijing Summit and the 7th FCSA Ministerial Conference, China and Africa have overcome the impact of the pandemic and put in place the “eight major initiatives” and the corresponding financial support, Wang said. . He said bilateral trade between China and Africa had exceeded $ 200 billion in the first ten months of this year and is expected to reach a new record by the end of 2021, making China the main partner. Africa Trade for the 13th consecutive year.
He also noted that the daily progress in China-Africa cooperation opens new horizons for the friendship between China and Africa, thereby creating new opportunities for common development and bringing new benefits to the Chinese people and African.
The new forum will be held soon, Wang said, as the people of all African countries have placed high hopes in the outcome of this forum and the eyes of the whole world will be on Dakar.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, he said, adding that Xi will summarize the glorious trajectory of Sino-African trade and announce a series of news. major steps on China’s cooperation with Africa.
China and Africa will seek to establish a China-Africa community of destiny in the new era and set a project for the development of China-Africa relations in the next three years and beyond.
Thanks to the joint efforts of China and Senegal, as well as all other members of the forum, the meeting will be a complete success and will make further contributions to Africa’s “double victory” against the pandemic and for the revival of economy, said Wang. According to him, the forum will also open a new big step in establishing a community of China-Africa destiny in the new era.