FOCAC: Pres ED to meet Pres Xi

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa

The theme of the summit is "Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community with a shared Future".

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday depart for Beijing, China, to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to hold between September 3 and September 4. The focus will be on political and economic cooperation, social development cooperation, cultural and people exchanges, peace and security, and worldwide cooperation.

The summit is also expected to strengthen the cooperation between China and Africa to a high level with the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and the Beijing Action Plan.

Since its inception 18 years ago, the FOCAC has held two summits to date, with the most recent taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa from December 3 - 4, 2015.

In addition to leaders of African countries, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission is expected to be in attendance. Also expected to attend relevant activities of the Summit as a special guest is the UN Secretary General, while 27 global and African organizations will be present as observers.

Others were Transport Minister Sam Wlue; State Without Portfolio Minister Trokon Kpui; and Liberia's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Dudley McKinley Thomas and staff at the Embassy.

Speaking at a joint interview with Chinese correspondents one day before his trip to Beijing for the upcoming summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Guterres said, "I am a true believer that the success of the world in development and peace depends on Africa's success, and China's cooperation with Africa is fundamental for Africa's success".

He outlined several projects that China is carrying out in Zimbabwe which he said showed that Beijing valued its relationship with Harare.

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The Chinese President and his wife, Peng Liyuan, will later hold a banquet for their guests.

The event will be co-chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa and China's President Xi Jinping.

The main section of the railway opened in 2016, but Chinese financing for a northern extension, from Woldia to Mekele, has suffered multiple delays and the full funding package from the Chinese Export and Import Bank has not been released yet, according to Tang Xiaoyang, a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing who does fieldwork in Ethiopia.

China's growing clout in Africa is also drawing criticism that more African countries are getting caught in a Chinese debt trap.

Xi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will both chair a roundtable discussion at the summit where Chinese and African leaders will discuss China-Africa relations as well as worldwide and regional issues of common concern, the Xinhua report said.

He will hold bilateral discussions with President Weah on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Before the formal opening of the FOCAC Summit, he said the President in his capacity as current Chair of ECOWAS, would deliver remarks at the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.

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