In order to promote the exchange of experiences regarding the fight against poverty, and achieve overall development between China and Africa, and to facilitate the exchange of cooperation for the establishment of Sino-African cooperation agreements, the Normal University of Zhejiang in the People’s Republic of China has organised the High Level Dialogue Forum between China and Africa for the Fight Against Poverty.
The opening ceremony took place in Wednesday 21st June in the building of the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Abeba, by the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, accompanied by the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamat. During the forum the book written by the President of the People’s Republic of China, H. E. Xi Jinping, called “Out of Poverty”, was also presented.
The act brought together experts and journalists from African countries and the People’s Republic of China. Our country was represented by the Head of Department in Malabo of the Government Institutional Web Page, Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene, at the invitation of the People’s Republic of China.
The minister Wang Yi was the first to give his speech, and in it he praised the perfect organisation of the forum, and recalled that its aim was to work together in order to adopt mechanisms and share experiences with regards to the reduction of poverty.
Wang Yi said that it is necessary to adopt mechanisms to reduce poverty, taking into account the reality in Africa, and that it was also necessary to adopt policies to change mentalities, the strengthening of education for young people, and the maintenance of peace and security. Furthermore, he considers the evaluation of the development figures a priority, in order to adopt favourable mechanisms which have made possible the development of other countries, and an improvement in conditions in rural areas, above all in the development of agriculture.
These are some of the measures recommended by the Asian giant, together with the adoption of favourable conditions for the improvement of peace and the strengthening of the health sector.
The President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamet, for his part, also insisted on the maintenance of peace and security; primordial factors in order to achieve development in Africa. In his speech he praised the good relations existing between Africa and the People’s Republic of China, and recognised the efforts of the Chinese Government to reduce poverty over the last 20 years: Africa must look at the example of China in order to achieve its development, because our development can only be achieved through the efforts of Africans themselves. The creation of jobs, the transformation of agriculture, and basic infrastructures, continue to be our challenges. We must invest in youth. I have no doubt that we are going to meet this challenge, taking into account the acceleration of African integration”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea