At the recent Dakar-hosted ministerial Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about the close relationships built over the last 65 years.

“The key lies in an everlasting spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation forged between the two sides, which features sincere friendship and equality, win-win for mutual benefit and common development, fairness and justice, and progress with the times and openness and inclusiveness. This truly captures the relations of China and Africa working together in good and hard times over the past decades, and provides a source of strength for the continuous growth of China-Africa friendly relations,” he said.

With the theme for the tri-annual event being to “Deepen China-Africa partnership and promote sustainable development to build a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era”, President Xi shared the 2035 FOCAC vision to implement nine programmes:

  • Medical and health program to assist the African Union (AU) reach 60% vaccination by 2022.
  • The poverty reduction and agricultural development program that will see China invest both financial and intellectual resources.
  • The trade promotion program where “green lanes” will be opened for the export of African agricultural products to China.
  • The investment promotion program that will see Chinese business encouraged to invest more than US$10billion in Africa by 2025.
  • The digital innovation program where 10 digital economy projects that will “support the development of China-Africa joint laboratories, partner institutes, and scientific and technological innovation cooperation bases.”
  • The green development program with the “Great Green Wall” initiative to promote “low-carbon development and climate change adaptation.”
  • The capacity building program that envisages the creation of 800,000 local jobs on the African continent.
  • The cultural and people-to-people exchange program to promote tourism and cultural appreciation.
  • The peace and security program where China “will undertake 10 peace and security projects for Africa, continue to deliver military assistance to the AU.

The Chinese Embassy in South Africa invites you to join the Business Day Dialogues to unpack and map more about Africa-China relations post-Covid, at a critical time where Africa is battling the pandemic.

Moderated by TimesLIVE political analyst Eusebius McKaiser, and with participation from:

  • H.E Chen Xiaodong: ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa;
  • H.E. Zhou Yuxiao: ambassador for affairs of the FOCAC of the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Dr David Monyae (PhD): director – Centre for China Africa Studies, University of Johannesburg;
  • Buyile Matiwane: deputy president, South African Students Congress (SASCO); and
  • Sam Mkokeli: political journalist, Business Day, Financial Mail and Sunday Times.

Date: Wednesday, December 8 2021

Time: 10 – 11.30am

To register to attend the online event, please click here.