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The Speech by Chen Jian, Assistant Minister of Commerce of China at China-Africa Ministerial Workshop for Telecommunication
2005/01/06

Your Excellencies Honorable Ministers,

Your Excellencies Honorable Ambassadors,

Distinguished guests, dear friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning!

It gives me great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the China-Africa Ministerial Workshop for Telecommunication. First of all, on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Information Industry, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the telecommunication ministers and government officials who have come afar from Africa to participate in the Workshop, my sincere thanks to diplomatic envoys from embassies of relevant African countries in China, and my heartfelt congratulations to the convening of the Workshop.

This is the first China-Africa Ministerial Workshop for Telecommunication, and is thus of great significance. Our gathering here in Beijing for exchanging views with and learning from each other will surely deepen our mutual understanding, strengthen our friendship, facilitate friendly cooperation between China and African nations in the field of telecommunication, uplift our economic and trade cooperation, and promote the common development of both China and African nations.

Dear guests and friends, ladies and gentlemen,

In recent years, at the backdrop of complicated and ever-changing international situations, China has, through the deepening of its reform and the furthering of its opening-up, overcome many difficulties and achieved progress in developing both the domestic economy and foreign cooperation. In 2003, with a total GDP of more than US$1.4 trillion, China’s per capita GDP exceeded US$1,000 for the first time. Our total import and export volume stood at US$851.2 billion. China has been the largest foreign investment recipient among developing countries for 11 consecutive years. By the end of September 2004, the actually utilized foreign investment had totaled US$550.2 billion. The first twenty years of this century marks an important period of strategic opportunities for China’s economic development. China has set the goal of building a well-off society in an all-round way by 2020, which means a GDP of US$4 trillion, quadruple that of the year 2000, and a GDP per capita of US$3000. The Chinese government is now pushing for the consolidation and serious implementation of a scientific development philosophy, which emphasizes the principles of putting people first and of coordinating and balancing urban and rural development, development in different regions, economic and social development, development of human and of nature, and domestic development and opening up efforts, and aims at balanced and sustainable economic development and overall social progress.

China and Africa enjoy long standing friendship. We feel very proud to have so many African friends. In the past over 50 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, we have always been setting great store by developing economic and trade relations with African countries, and have established economic and trade links with 53 countries and regions in Africa. Through various forms and in a pragmatic manner, we have been supporting each other in our pursuit for common development on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. Our achievements have attracted world attention, thanks to the concerted efforts of governments and businesses of both China and Africa.

In the new century, especially since the success of the Beijing Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in 2000, our economic and trade cooperation has embarked on a new stage of expeditious, comprehensive and stable development. First, China-Africa trade witnesses rapid growth. China has so far signed bilateral trade agreements of reciprocal most-favored-nation treatment with 41 African countries. For the first ten months of this year, China-Africa trade volume reached US$23.12 billion, up by 54.3% compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, China is also vigorously promoting export by Africa to China. From January to October this year, China had a trade deficit of US$1.16 billion in its trade with Africa. Second, Chinese investment in Africa develops smoothly. From January to September this year, Chinese enterprises invested an accumulative amount of US$54.346 million in Africa. Third, China-Africa economic and technical cooperation proves very fruitful. China actively encourages and provides guidance to its enterprises to carry out engineering project cooperation with African nations by inputting mature technologies and management expertise, and to help African nations to improve their own ability of developing their economies. Fourth, China’s non-economic and non-technical assistance to Africa is significant. The Chinese government identifies Africa as a priority area for providing foreign aids with. China has, as its own capacity allows, provided aids of various kinds to 53 African countries. Following the First Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in October 2000, China has, as it committed, expanded its scale of aid to Africa, reduced or remitted some of the matured debts of African countries, and strengthened cooperation on human resources development with Africa.

Distinguished guests, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Telecommunication cooperation between China and African nations also enjoys vast space for development. In today’s world, the fruits of the rapidly advancing information technology are constantly improving every aspect of our life, and are having deep impacts on economic development and social progress. Countries all over the world are following closely the development of the information industry, to which the Chinese government has also attached great importance. In recently years, China’s information industry has made big headways, and maintained a growth rate of over 20% for a dozen years. In 2003, the total sales income of China’s electronics and IT products manufacturing industry reached RMB1.88 trillion, the third largest in the world.

China has been already in good cooperation with many African countries, including your countries, in the field of telecommunication, and certain achievements have been attained. We treasure dearly our friendly cooperation with African nations, and are confident that, through the joint efforts of our governments and enterprises, the potential for telecommunication cooperation between China and Africa will continue to grow.

Distinguished guests, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

The Chinese government attaches great importance to this Workshop. Besides workshops and visits, meetings with Chinese vice premier Huang Ju, Minster of Commerce Bo Xilai, and Minister of Information Industry Wang Xudong have also been arranged. I hope that all my dear friends participating in the Workshop can work closely together to make the Workshop a success and to contribute to economic and trade cooperation between China and Africa in fields such as telecommunication.

Finally, I would like to once again extend my warm welcome to our African friends who have traveled a long way to come here. I would also like to wish in advance the Workshop ever success. Wish you all good health and a happy stay in China.

Thank you!

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