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Minutes of the 4th Senior Officials' Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
2005/08/30

 

1. The 4th Senior Officials' Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was convened in Beijing, China from August 22nd to 23rd, 2005. Delegations from 46 African countries and China attended the Meeting and six African regional organizations sent observers to the Meeting.

2. The Meeting made a mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation---Addis Ababa Action Plan (2004---2006) adopted at the 2nd FOCAC Ministerial Conference held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in December 2003. Delegates held discussions on the report delivered by Secretary-General Xu Jinghu of the FOCAC Chinese Follow-up Actions Committee at the 4th FOCAC Senior Officials' Meeting.

3. Delegates shared the view that, thanks to concerted efforts of China and Africa, the Addis Ababa Action Plan is under implementation. The two sides have achieved positive results in their cooperation in such fields as politics, economy, trade, human resources training, culture, education, public health, youth exchanges, tourism, finance, environmental protection, energy and others.

* Mutual political trust and cooperation between China and Africa have further strengthened. The two sides have maintained frequent reciprocal high-level visits, supported and coordinated with each other in international affairs and kept close consultation and coordination on the UN reform and other significant international issues. Exchanges and cooperation between China and African regional organizations have become stronger. China actively participated in the UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, as well as in UN discussions on African issues.

* China-Africa economic cooperation and trade have made new headway. China intensified its assistance to Africa to the best of its capacity; China-Africa trade volume hit new record high; China's investment in Africa continued to expand. China has fulfilled its commitment to grant 28 African countries zero-tariff treatment for their China-bound exports under 190 tax items as of January 1st, 2005 (having been implemented for 25 countries with the rest three going through relevant procedures of exchanging notes). This measure has yielded initial results. The agreements reached at the first China-Africa Business Conference have been effectively implemented on the whole.

* China-Africa human resources development cooperation has been further strengthened. The Chinese side increased its financial input and expanded the training opportunities. Within hopeful reach is the goal of training 10,000 personnel in various fields for Africa from 2004 to 2006.

* Cultural exchanges between China and Africa have achieved notable results. The "Being Together in Beijing"  International Art Festival with Africa as the major guest continent and the "Voyage of Chinese Culture to Africa" have been successfully held.

* China-Africa social cooperation in education, medical and health care has progressed smoothly.

* The first China-Africa Youth Festival was successfully held and the Chinese youth volunteers' service program in Africa has already kicked off.

* In 2004, China completed the relevant procedures with another eight African countries, adding Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Tunisia and Zambia onto the list of Chinese citizens' tourist destinations. Taking into account Uganda, which gained the status in 2005, and the formerly approved ones of South Africa, Egypt and Morocco, 12 African countries have become tourist destinations for self-sponsored Chinese travelers. Chinese tourist groups have started their trips to those African countries.

* Cooperation areas between China and Africa have continued to expand into new areas such as communication and information technology. The cooperation in finance and environmental protection has also scored new progress.

4. Delegates of African countries expressed their appreciation of China's unremitting efforts and effective work in implementing the Addis Ababa Action Plan. The Chinese delegation spoke highly of African countries' efforts in taking seriously and conscientiously implementing the FOCAC follow-up actions and other contributions to this end.

The participants unanimously agreed to step up cooperation and make redoubled efforts for the all-round implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Plan and in-depth development of the new-type of China-Africa partnership featuring long-term stability, equality, mutual benefit and comprehensive cooperation.

* Delegates were of the view that the two sides should have more exchange of high-level visits, covering more African countries.

* Delegates emphasized the need for the Forum to work towards consolidating cooperation between Chinese Chamber of Commerce and its African counterparts.

* Delegates expressed appreciation for the steps already taken by China to increase assistance in education and training. Delegates suggested that trainers should go to Africa to conduct training programs at national or sub-regional levels.

5. The Meeting held focal discussions on increasing investment in Africa and enterprise cooperation, believing that investment and enterprise cooperation are among the important contents of the Addis Ababa Action Plan and also key areas of China-Africa cooperation. China supports and encourages enterprises and individuals to invest in Africa and will provide convenient assistance.

6. The Meeting attentively listened to and highly appreciated the report by Secretary-General Xu Jinghu of the FOCAC Chinese Follow-up Committee on China's recommendations of the FOCAC 3rd Ministerial Conference.

The Meeting highly appreciated the proposal to upgrade the 2006 3rd FOCAC Ministerial Conference to a summit between Chinese and African leaders, i.e. convening the "FOCAC Beijing Summit", which will be preceded by the 3rd Ministerial Conference. Participants had serious discussions in this regard, welcomed the proposal, and agreed to report to their respective governments and provide feedback as soon as possible.

7. The Meeting welcomed the commitment of the African countries and China to jointly work towards the attainment of the objectives and ideals of Africa's socio-economic rebirth as embodied by the NEPAD programme.

8. The delegations expressed appreciation and thanks for the Chinese Government's excellent preparations and thoughtful arrangements for this Senior Officials' Meeting as well as commendable efforts made by the Ethiopian Government as the co-chair and the African ambassadors in Beijing.

 

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