“Holding this meeting soon after the conclusion of the fifth Sino-Africa ministerial forum is very opportune indeed, it presents a unique opportunity to follow up of some of the decisions made in that conference. It also underlines excellent relations between china and Africa,” said Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete while opening the forum.
The forum on poverty reduction, initiated by International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), in partnership with United Nations Development Program, has become an important platform of exchanging experiences on development between China and Africa.
The first forum on poverty reduction was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November, 2010 and the second was held in Shenzhen, China in January, 2012 with focus on Special Economic Zone.
|Delegates attend the opening ceremony in Beijing|
The Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held on 19-20/07/2012 for Chinese and African leaders to discuss measures to deepen China-Africa ties. China will provide 20 billion U.S. dollars of credit line to African countries to assist them in developing infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
China will build more agricultural technology demonstration centers as necessary to help African countries increase production capacity. It will implement the “African Talents Program” to train 30,000 personnel in various sectors for Africa, offer 18,000 government scholarships, and build cultural and vocational skills training facilities in African countries. China will also help African countries enhance capacity building in meteorological infrastructure and forest protection and management, and will continue to carry out well-drilling and water supply projects in Africa to provide safe drinking water for the African people.
The main agenda of the two-day ministerial conference was to review the implementation of follow-up activities from the fourth ministerial conference of the FOCAC in 2009. The conference also plans to examine and adopt the “Beijing Declaration” and “Beijing Action Plan (2013-2015)” to define new cooperative programs to be undertaken over the next three years.