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Officials call for strengthening China-Africa cooperation under FOCAC-Xinhua platform

People check in at the newly built domestic passenger terminal at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 18, 2024. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Chinese and Ethiopian officials on Tuesday called for enhancing multifaceted cooperation between China and Africa under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

ADDIS ABABA, May 22 (Xinhua) — Chinese and Ethiopian officials on Monday called for enhancing multifaceted cooperation between China and Africa under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

The call was made at a high-level conference titled “Reviewing Ethiopia’s role in FOCAC and the way forward” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

Speaking at the event, Eshete Tilahun, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, said that FOCAC has proven to be an effective and robust platform to promote cooperation between Africa and China by supporting the development of critical infrastructure, improving connectivity and boosting commercial activities. attract foreign direct investment and encourage entrepreneurship across Africa.

“Since its establishment in 2000, FOCAC has been instrumental in fostering cooperation. It is a testament to the shared aspiration, mutual respect and spirit of collaboration between China and Africa,” Tilahun said.

People interact at a United Nations Chinese Language Day event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 19, 2024. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

He said that through FOCAC, Africa and China have embarked on a journey marked by dialogue, exchange of views and joint efforts aimed at promoting sustainable development through the expansion of infrastructure and people-to-people connectivity.

Yang Yihang, minister counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, said that with the FOCAC framework serving as a strong catalyst, China-Africa cooperation has achieved fruitful results, making China Africa’s largest trading partner for 15 consecutive years.

He noted that by the end of 2023, more than 500 Chinese companies had invested in more than 2,000 projects in Ethiopia, with a cumulative investment of around 5 billion US dollars, creating 580,000 employment opportunities.

Highlighting the need for African countries to create a favorable business environment, Yang said China will further encourage Chinese companies to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia and Africa in general, and actively explore infrastructure investment cooperation. digital economy, renewable energy and agriculture. among other areas.

Anteneh Getachew, Director General of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Ethiopian Institute of Foreign Affairs, said the conference aims to evaluate Ethiopia’s “unreserved” approach to promoting multifaceted cooperation between Africa and China through the FOCAC platform. .

He said the conference, organized by the Ethiopian Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, will explore future areas of cooperation and enhance Ethiopia’s role in the FOCAC platform.

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