武汉学生茶：Africa hopes to follow in China’s footsteps and achieve development
“Africa hopes to follow in China’s footsteps and achieve development”
Johannesburg, October 15th (Reporter Yingyan Li) Recently,The two-day “New Dimensions of China-Africa Development: Trade, Infrastructure and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” online seminar was successfully held.The theme of this seminar is “New Dimensions of China-Africa Development: Trade, Infrastructure and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.Co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and the South African Institute of International Studies,Co-organized the China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program.Chen Xiaodong, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa,Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Director of the South African Institute of International Studies,And nearly 100 experts and scholars from think tanks and universities such as the Global Dialogue Institute and the University of Johannesburg participated online.
Broad prospects for trade and investment cooperation
At the meeting, Chen Xiaodong comprehensively introduced the fruitful cooperation results between China and Africa in the fields of trade and investment, infrastructure, and digital economy.Considering that China has achieved remarkable results in cooperation with Africa,bright future.He said,Trade and investment is the highlight of China-Africa cooperation.China will strongly support the construction of a free trade zone on the African continent,Continue to carry out free trade negotiations with African countries and regions,Expand imports of African goods, especially non-resource products,And welcome more South Africa and African countries to participate in the third China International Import Expo,Provide more assistance to Africa’s economic recovery after the epidemic.
Bhaso, a researcher at the African-Chinese Studies Center of the University of Johannesburg, said,Actively developing trade cooperation with countries around the world is the only way for Africa’s development.He recalled,During the Sino-US trade friction,Africa exports agricultural products to China,It has brought considerable economic benefits to Africa.The advent of the digital economy has opened up a greater space for trade cooperation between Africa and other countries in the world.Chinese consumers can now buy coffee produced in Rwanda at the fingertips.”The help that China’s e-commerce brings to Africa,Let the people of Africa really experience happiness.The times have given more precious opportunities for China-Africa trade cooperation.”
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos thinks,The new crown pneumonia epidemic has brought the capitalist world to a standstill,Not only seriously endangers the lives and health of people in all countries,Also eroded the development achievements of the past few decades,Make the world economy worse.Africa is facing greater impact due to lack of resources and capabilities,The impoverished population has surged,The debt problem has increased.Facing the crisis,African countries need to accelerate the construction of a free trade zone on the African continent,And deepen cooperation with important foreign partners such as China,Promote economic and trade cooperation and value chain integration within and outside the region,To achieve economic recovery,Create jobs,Usher in a sustainable future.
Deep foundation of infrastructure cooperation
“Infrastructure is a strong cornerstone of China-Africa cooperation,Chen Xiaodong said,China is willing to work with Africa to prepare and implement the “China-Africa Infrastructure Cooperation Plan”,Supporting African countries to better utilize financing channels such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the BRICS New Development Bank, and the Silk Road Fund,Support Chinese enterprises to participate in infrastructure construction in Africa through integration of investment, construction and operation.
Faso (Bhaso) expressed sincere appreciation for China-Africa infrastructure cooperation.He said,for a long time,China has contributed a lot to the infrastructure construction of the African continent,Leading African infrastructure to continuously reach new levels.Many Chinese enterprises and financial institutions have been seen in Africa’s interconnection infrastructure construction projects.China helped Africa improve the convenience of cross-border logistics and customs clearance,And actively work with the international community,Support the process of African integration and regional economic integration,Provide strong support for the construction of African Free Trade Zone,African countries are deeply grateful.
Professor Plesa Spraner of Golden Mountain University in South Africa proposed,In the process of construction and development in Africa,It should not be at the expense of the environment.She made a keynote speech on “Emerging Practices of Green Financial Mechanisms in Developing Countries” at the meeting.In her speech, she said,For a long time,Basel III, which provides guidelines for the global financial system, does not take environmental risks into account.Africa has achieved tremendous development in recent years,China has provided Africa with green loans and a variety of green financing methods,Added a lot of assistance to the sustainable development of Africa,It is commendable.
The fourth industrial revolution brings new opportunities
Entering the last topic of the conference-“The Potential and Possibility of China-Africa Cooperation under the Fourth Industrial Revolution”,Chen Xiaodong said,The fourth industrial revolution is a brand new opportunity for China-Africa cooperation.China will work with Africa to expand new infrastructure such as 5G, big data centers, and artificial intelligence.And cooperation in new business formats such as digital economy, smart cities, clean energy, and e-commerce,Intensify joint research, technical training, “science and technology to fight the epidemic”, etcWork together to build a digital silk road that benefits the people’s livelihood through win-win cooperation.
Sidiropoulos took this seriously.And also said,The forthcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution has greatly increased productivity and changed people’s lifestyles.China is the leader of the fourth industrial revolution,Significant progress has been made in the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, and 5G technology.China uses innovative technologies for epidemic prevention and control,It has provided a powerful boost to the fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
Lauren Joston, an assistant researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, believes thatAs one of the inevitable trends in the world today,The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring huge development opportunities to Africa.And China is Africa’s most reliable partner.African countries should continue to deepen cooperation with China in the field of scientific research,Be a beneficiary of the fourth industrial revolution.”Africa hopes to follow in China’s footsteps and achieve development.”