CHINESE FM IN ETHIOPIA

ADDIS ABABA, Addressing poverty, which is a common enemy of humankind, and achieving sustainable development are the common agenda of China and Africa, says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang made the remarks during a joint media conference with the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa Wednesday. He is here to attend an AU-China forum on poverty reduction and development.

Speaking about China's poverty reduction and development co-operation with Africa, Wang said poverty is a common enemy of mankind and a source of violence and terror, while development is the key to solving all the problems. He added that Sino-African co-operation had focused on addressing poverty and development.

Noting that about 400 million people are living in poverty in Africa, Wang underlined the urgent task of achieving poverty reduction on the continent. He said China's success in addressing poverty reduction0 significantly, whereby it has lifted 700 million Chinese out of poverty, is a lesson to be drawn by African countries.

At the China-Africa Co-operation Forum (FOCAC) summit held in 2015, President Xi Jinping announced the China-Africa Poverty Reduction and Development Co-operation Programme, in response to Africa's urgent expectation, recalled Wang.

A high-level dialogue and think tank forum on poverty reduction and development was held on Wednesday at the AU headquarters, which the Foreign Minister said was an important platform to share the achievements and experiences of poverty reduction between the two sides.

Wang said he hoped participants of the forum would come up with practical action plans after drawing inspirations from the book "Out of Poverty" by President Xi and the successful practice of poverty alleviation in China.

The foreign minister expressed China's keen interest to share its experiences and strengthen future co-operation based on Africa's priorities towards achieving poverty reduction and aspired development on the continent.

He also expressed China's commitment to support Africa's human resource development, for which China provides tens of thousands of government scholarships and training opportunities in China as well as technical and vocational training to about 200,000 personnel in Africa.

With only one Chinese-built railway project in Kenya, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway, more than 40,000 local workers have been trained and about 38,000 jobs have been created for the local people, Wang said.

He also stated that China has supported Africa by providing emergency food and aid to more than 20 African countries, and it would continue to do so in the future in responding to the needs of African countries.

Wang also expressed China's support to Africa in addressing the bottlenecks of infrastructure development on the continent.

China has already built more than 6,200 kilometres of railways and 5,200 km of roads in Africa, as well as a large number of ports, airports, power stations and communications infrastructure, he said, adding that China would continue to support Africa in improving its infrastructure.

Wang also noted that China supports Africa in strengthening the public health system and capacity-building on the continent.

"China will support the African CDC (Centre for Disease Control) headquarters and the construction of five sub-regional centres as the starting point to support Africa to build a modern disease prevention and control system," he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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