Meeting of senior FOCAC officials

In accordance with monitoring procedures of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), on 24th November in Beijing the 12th Meeting of senior officials from the forum took place, which was attended by the General Secretary from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, JesA�s Ela Abeme; the accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to China, German Ekua Sima Abaga, and the Director of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

At the meeting, which brought together representatives from 52 African countries, from the African Union and from the Chinese side, they analysed the results and achievements of the VI FOCAC Conference of Ministers, held in Johannesburg, and they examined some points and preparations for the celebration of the next China-Africa Cooperation Head of States Summit, to take place in 2018.

The African side expressed congratulations to the Chinese representation, for having successfully held the XIX Communist Party National Congress, which took place in the month of October.

Africa also highlighted the proposal from China to build a new model of international relations and a benchmark community for humanity, as the development of China in the new era could provide fresh impetus to bilateral cooperation, and would bring new opportunities for the development of the two sides.

After analysing the agreements from the latest meeting of FOCAC ministers, held within the framework of the latest United Nations General Assembly, the Chinese representation recognised that, thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, the declaration from the Johannesburg Summit has been implemented, along with the ten cooperation programmes announced by the President, H. E. Xi Jinping, and the Johannesburg action plan 2016-2018, which is showing significant progress.

The exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa in the areas of politics, the economy, culture, peace and security, together with international and regional affairs, have made great progress, which has contributed to a large extent to the strengthening of strategic global China-Africa cooperation.

This meeting, co-chaired by Dai Bing, General Secretary of the Chinese FOCAC Monitoring Committee, and the South African Anil Sooklal, Coordinator of Forum Affairs, was also attended, in the capacity of observers, by representatives from sub-regional organisations from Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Arab League, and the African Development Bank.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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