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The Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the First Ministerial Conference of FOCAC

1. Political Exchanges

  •  Political exchanges and cooperation between China and African countries have been strengthened continuously. The exchange of high-level visits as well as interaction in all circles has become more frequent. Chinese leaders visited Africa on 20 occasions and China received more than 30 presidents, vice presidents, prime ministers and parliamentary leaders from African countries.
  •  China supports African countries in their efforts in safeguarding regional peace and stability. China sent its peacekeeping troops to Africa for the first time to take part in the UN peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.
  •  China supports the founding of the African Union and the implementation of NEPAD.
  •  The vast number of African countries are committed to the one China policy and support China's grand cause of national reunification.

2. Economic Cooperation

  •   The Chinese Government has made good on its promise by completing ahead of schedule the reduction of African debts. By June 2002, China had signed debt exemption protocols with 31 African states, cancelling 156 African debts with a total value of 10.5 billion RMB yuan.
  •  China-Africa trade grows year by year. The total trade volume reached US$18.545 billion in 2003, increasing by 49.7% over the previous year and by approximately 75% over the year 2000. Exports to China from African countries have gone up substantially, resulting in steady dwindling in their trade deficit with China.
  •  China-Africa cooperation in investment is developing fast. China has signed bilateral investment protection agreements with more than 20 African countries and set up "China Trade and Investment Promotion Centre" in 11 countries. A hundred and seventeen new China-invested enterprises have been established in Africa.
  •   China has continued to provide, within its capacity, assistance to African countries with no political strings attached. China has newly signed 245 agreements with African countries on economic assistance, accounting for 44 percent of the total value of China's new foreign aid programme in that period.
  •  The Chinese side has set up the African Human Resources Development Fund, sponsored nearly 300 training courses of various forms, trained more than 6,000 African personnel in the areas of diplomacy, economic management, national defense, agriculture, medical treatment, health, education, science, technology and culture and 500 visits have been made to African countries by Chinese experts and teachers.
  •  China has made contribution to the African Capacity Building Foundation initiated by the IMF and sponsored nearly 20 vocational courses under the framework of TCDC exclusively for African trainees.
  •  China-African cooperation in the financial sector has already started.

3. Social Development

  •    China has increased the number of scholarships for African students in China. Some Chinese universities have established contact with their African counterparts for cooperation on laboratory and computer centre development.
  •    China has signed or renewed protocols with 40 African countries on dispatching Chinese medical teams, pledging continued provision free of charge of pharmaceutics, medical equipment and other hospital materials, and cooperation with Africa in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
  •    China-Africa cooperation in tourism has started, with Egypt, South Africa and Morocco already becoming the destination countries for outbound Chinese tourists.
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