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Eritrean Delegation at Johannesburg Summit

A high level Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and that included Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of political affairs at the PFDJ, participated at the Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation, (FOCAC), that was held in South Africa. The forum began its two-day deliberations on the 2nd of December in the South African city of Pretoria and then shifted to Johannesburg for the Summit that was held from the 4th to 5th December.

Asmara, December 8 2015 – A high level Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and that included Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of political affairs at the PFDJ, participated at the Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation, (FOCAC), that was held in South Africa. The forum began its two-day deliberations on the 2nd of December in the South African city of Pretoria and then shifted to Johannesburg for the Summit that was held from the 4th to 5th December.

In a statement delivered at the Summit, Mr. Osman Saleh emphasized that “China and Africa have a rare historical opportunity for a win-win partnership and common development”.  Although it has been 15 years since the first meeting of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and despite complex challenges, “China has continued to march forwards and upwards, taking its rightful place in the community of nations”, the Foreign Minister stated.

“This past fifteen years has also seen unprecedented growth in the scale and scope of Africa-China relations. It is a tribute to the vision of China’s leadership and the affinity and complementarity between Africa and China that today China is Africa’s number one development and trade partner.” Minister Osman noted.

The Foreign Minister concluded his speech by underscoring “Africa’s primary responsibility for the development of the African continent”.  External support, even the most generous, cannot be a substitute for Africa’s own efforts, Minister Osman pointed out.

Emphasizing on key priority areas in which the People’s Republic of China will work together with Africa, President Xi Jing Ping of the PRC outlined ten cooperative plans or “new measures” at the Summit.  These include a China-Africa Industrialization Plan, an Agricultural Modernization plan, a mutual cooperation on infrastructure, financial cooperation plan, a China-Africa Green Development Plan, A China-Africa Trade and Investment facilitation Plan, poverty reduction, public-health cooperation, cultural people-people cooperation plan and peace and security cooperation plan.

The Summit concluded by endorsing the Johannesburg Declaration and the Johannesburg Plan of Action 2016-2018.  (Full text of speech)

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