Director-General of the Department of African Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wu Peng, has reaffirmed China’s commitment to continuing its partnership with Africa.
Wu made this statement during a meeting with African journalists that took place in Beijing in June under the auspices of the China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) Programme 2022.
He claims that 66 years have passed since China and Africa formally began diplomatic relations.
Additionally, he cited remarks made by President Xi Jinping at the 8th Ministerial Meeting on FOCAC in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2021, in which he praised the friendship between China and Africa.
China and African nations will collaborate closely to implement linked programs over the next three years.
He claims that these include initiatives aimed at promoting investment, reducing poverty, improving agricultural production, and providing medical care and health services.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, “we are still fighting to contain COVID-19, and China has so far provided about 260 million doses of vaccines to 55 African countries and the African Union,” Wu said.
The director-general also mentioned that China had given about 120 batches of emergency supplies to African nations, all of which have diplomatic ties to China and helped the continent recover from the pandemic quickly.
He added that while the CDC had a quota contribution, the first phase had been accomplished through the order and that the project would be finished in 2023.
The African CDC in Addis Abeba has already been built by China and will be finished in 2023.
“The other program I’d like to bring up is agriculture. You know, the Ukraine crisis wasn’t happening in 2021 when FOCAC was held, but we were already focusing on agriculture in Africa.
We believe in the potential of agriculture in Africa because of the vast agricultural development and the abundance of arid land there.
The director-general said, “Unfortunately, you still need to import a lot of grapes from the outside world, which costs a lot of currency and hurts your international balance sheet.
To ensure food security, he advised that more work through public-private partnerships should be done. He claimed that failing to prioritize agriculture could impede rapid economic growth in Africa.
Wu also emphasized the significance of properly implementing the conclusions of FOCAC meetings to achieve the full realization of the objectives.
This is absurd because we already have the necessary lands and labor resources. To increase our food security, we simply need the right policy to encourage private investment in industrial large-scale farms.
“Food prices increased globally as a result of the Ukraine crisis, so moving forward, we must complete the project’s construction. This is why it has become important.
“We want African countries to follow-up action plans from FOCAC meetings and the outcome of results. African governments have already recognized that the development of agriculture is a priority in dealing with the crisis of rising food prices.
Wu said, “Usually when we have FOCAC meetings, we just produce some document. We need more concrete actions, so we must focus.”
He claims that to implement the follow-up action at the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the FOCAC, China and Africa have decided to hold the coordinator’s meeting.
He explained that to reach its goals, the department would in the future communicate with its African partners through a coordinator at the ministerial level.
Wu, however, claimed that steps had been taken to facilitate meetings between China and Africa and to talk about the best ways to follow up on programs, action plans, declarations, and long-term plans.