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Xi Jinping Attends High-level Dialogue of China-Africa Leaders and Business Representatives and Closing Ceremony of the 5th China-Africa Business Forum and Delivers an Important Speech, Stressing to Embrace Proud Tradition of China-Africa Sincere Friendship and Catapult African Industrialization Renaissance

2015/12/05

On December 4 local time, President Xi Jinping attended in Johannesburg the High-level Dialogue of China-Africa Leaders and Business Representatives and closing ceremony of the 5th China-Africa Business Forum and delivered an important speech entitled "Working Together to Write a New Chapter In China-Africa Cooperation", stressing that it is China's sincere hope to share its experience with African countries, and we are willing to provide support for African industrialization. China and Africa should embrace our proud tradition of sincere friendship and enhance mutual assistance and cooperation to bring about a better future for the Chinese and African peoples together.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe, rotating Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Zimbabwe, Chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and other leaders of African nations attending the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), as well as over 400 Chinese and African entrepreneur representatives were present at the event.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech that as a continent that has more developing countries than any other, Africa has distinguished itself as an economic bright spot in recent years. All governments in Africa now take economic development as their central task. Africa's vibrant process of industrialization and urbanization has injected fresh dynamism into global economic growth and made it the fastest growing and most promising continent in the world.

Xi Jinping stressed that business cooperation between China and Africa nowadays has reached an unprecedented level. It is China's sincere hope to share its experience with African countries, and we are willing to provide capital, technology and personnel in support of African industrialization. China and Africa should embrace our proud tradition of sincere friendship and enhance mutual assistance and cooperation.

Xi Jinping made a five-pronged proposals on boosting China-Africa friendship. First, we must go for win-win cooperation based on equality and uphold the values of friendship, justice and shared interests to jointly build a community of shared future for China and Africa. Second, we must go for multilateral cooperation that is open and inclusive. Companies from other countries are welcomed to get involved in China-Africa cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit. Third, we must go for practical cooperation aimed at capacity building. China is ready to share, without any reservation, advanced applicable technology with Africa, deepen industrial cooperation, help enhance the quality of the African workforce, and create more jobs and strengthen Africa's internal drive for economic development. Fourth, we must go for green, low-carbon and sustainable development. We will launch projects for African countries to cope with climate change and better protect the ecology and train more African professionals in environmental protection. Fifth, we must go for priority cooperation with focus on the fundamental aspects. We will make an overall design for the all-round business cooperation between China and Africa thus delivering tangible benefits of China-Africa cooperation to all the people.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Robert Mugabe, rotating Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Zimbabwe, expressed that economic and trade cooperation between Africa and China have scored fruitful results in the past 15 years. During the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC, Africa and China reached broad consensus in bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, finance, industrialization, food security, infrastructure, energy, marine economy, tourism, health care, security and other sectors. President Xi Jinping announced a series of cooperation measures at the opening ceremony of the summit, injecting strong impetus into bilateral cooperation and bringing confidence to Africa's development. The African industrialization is inseparable from China. They hoped that the African and Chinese entrepreneurs could explore more cooperation opportunities and play a great role in boosting the growth of African economy.

Chinese and African entrepreneur representatives present expressed that China's economic growth has brought China-Africa cooperation in economy and trade with more opportunities, and facilitated the industrialization process of Africa. Both sides enjoy promising prospect in cooperation in a wide range of areas including infrastructure construction and production capacity. Chinese and African enterprises should share the successful experience and join efforts for mutual benefits and win-win results.

On the same day, Xi Jinping, together with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Robert Mugabe, rotating Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Zimbabwe, attended and cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony of China-Africa equipment manufacturing industry exhibition.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at above events.

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