China says committed to helping Africa address socio-economic challenges

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China is firmly committed to empowering the African continent to tackle socio-economic challenges of employment, food and health, a Chinese mission to the African Union (AU) said.

Chen Xufeng, charge d’affaires ad interim of the Chinese Mission to the African Union, said late Wednesday that Beijing was ready to help African countries develop self-sustainable systems of industrialization, food security and disease prevention and control.

“China has initiated new concepts for China-Africa cooperation which is outlined by the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith,” Chen told journalists attending a workshop on China-Africa engagement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Chen said China would support Africa’s efforts to solve major development obstacles including a lack of quality infrastructure, professional and skilled personnel and financial resources.

In the 2015 Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China promised 60 billion U.S. dollars as funding support to accelerate Africa’s industrialization and agricultural modernization.

The FOCAC summit resulted in more than 600 projects worth over 108 billion dollars implemented across Africa, some of which have been completed, ongoing or awaiting take off, said Chen.

“These projects could directly create 209,000 jobs and could contribute 1.15 billion dollars of tax revenue for African countries,” Chen said.

He said China has so far provided vocational training opportunities to over 100,000 African people with at least 20,000 others benefiting from government scholarships. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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