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At the Dakar FOCAC, parties promise wider cooperation in a 32-point declaration

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By IKENNA EMEWU

The Ministerial level conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ended in the Senegal capital with many high points that signposted the coming of age of the 21 years old diplomatic framework.

The conference held amid the renewed frenzy about the omicron variant of the Covid-19 that has become a new threat to global stability.

At the meeting, the FOCAC ministers arrived at so many decision on how best to work the long road ahead with Africa and China holding each other’s hands in unity, cooperation and global peace.

The areas of achievement include working together for better economy through the encouragement of more investment by China in Africa, encourage greater technology and ICT cooperation and deployment in the economies of the two worlds.

The declaration noted that: “Recognising that the internet is a force for good, an enabler of trade, creator of jobs and facilitator of development, especially for women empowerment, we agree to strengthen cooperation on science and technology and support Africa in accelerating the development of digital economy, in particular to boost access to the high-speed internet and Africa’s pan-African e-network as well as development of satellite and aerospace technology in Africa.

We agree to dedicate finance to and expand exchanges and cooperation on digitalization and communication technology, especially remote medical services, e-commerce, remote learning, 5G and future sensing and big data, support Africa in building smart cities and enhance international cooperation on the peaceful use of outer space. Africa takes due note of and will further positively consider the Global Initiative on Data Security launched by China. We stand ready to build on this Initiative to advance the formulation of global digital governance rules, and call on the international community to jointly build a peaceful, secure, open, cooperative and orderly cyberspace and a community with a shared future in cyberspace.”

From the China side, the country, that remains the spine of FOCAC pledged support for “Chinese enterprises to expand investment in Africa, and supports Africa in localizing production, accelerating economic transformation and increasing product competitiveness.”

On the same note, the African state parties of the FOCAC expressed “appreciation for China’s publication of the Chinese Enterprises’ Investment in Africa, welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in Africa, and stands ready to actively share with Africa investment policies, market opportunities and legal and regulatory information through mechanisms and platforms including mixed bilateral economic and trade committees. We will scale up investment cooperation and enhance industrial connectivity and production capacity cooperation.”

FOCAC, as part of the United Nations (UN) didn’t forget to declare its support for a greener world and activities that support a more assured climate for the entire world, especially after having attended the Glasgow summit on Climate Change recently.

FOCAC therefore stated its stand to “support efforts to vigorously develop the green economy, advocate a green, low-carbon, circular and sustainable way of development, and work actively to build an environment-friendly society. We fully leverage the China-Africa Environmental Cooperation Center to advance policy dialogue, exchanges and cooperation on environmental protection.

We welcome the release of the Declaration on China-Africa Cooperation on Climate Change at this conference, and recognize the important contributions made by developing countries to tackling climate change. We reaffirm our support for and participation in efforts to combat climate change in accordance with the targets and principles set forth by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.” 

“Africa appreciates China’s active implementation of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative. China stands ready to work with the international community, in line with the principle of joint actions and fair burden-sharing, to increase support to African countries that are hardest hit by COVID-19 and are under heavy financial stress, and help them overcome current difficulties. We call on developed countries, multilateral financial institutions, and commercial creditors to take stronger actions to help African countries reduce debt burden, and support countries with surplus Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)”

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