China urges developing countries to play leading role in GDI – The Sun Nigeria
Deng Li, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, urged developing countries to play a leading role in implementing the Global Development Initiative (GDI).
Deng said this in his remarks at the opening ceremony of a two-day 11th meeting of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum held from July 20 to 21 in Beijing.
The forum on “Promoting the Spirit of China-Africa Friendship and Cooperation with Joint Action on the GDI” was organized by the China-Africa Institute (CAI).
According to him, Africa has the largest number of developing countries and China is the largest developing country, so cooperation between them would bring great global prospects.
Deng said, “The world is under pressure, and GDI is the answer to all the challenges currently faced around the world.
“China-Africa cooperation offers new choices and opportunities for developing countries to play their role as role models in the GDI.
“China-Africa collaboration will pave the way for developing countries to pursue a better life.
“This year’s meeting marked the first time since the implementation of the outcomes of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum meeting held since 2021.”
The minister listed development-based pilot projects, China-Africa innovation and improvement of agricultural supply chains among the major achievements registered by China-Africa cooperation so far.
Likewise, Martin Mpana, Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, hailed the mutual relations in the China-Africa forum initiative for contributing to the success recorded.
Martin, also Cameroon’s ambassador to China, said much could be done to further deepen the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
“Today’s meeting aims to propose solutions to the challenges facing developing countries; it is a roadmap towards a shared future between Africa and China.
“Since the establishment of the GDI, we have continued to deepen the Africa-China friendship; we must take strategic measures to ensure fruitful results in our discussion in order to strengthen our cooperation.
“China and Africa are good friends and brothers who have faced economic challenges in the past and worked closely together to build a better future,” Martin said.
He pointed to the rivalry between big countries like China and the United States, the Ukraine crisis and climate change among current global challenges that are hampering the rapid growth of cooperation.
Along the same lines, retired Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau, a former Nigerian defense minister, stressed the need for a critical review of existing laws in China and Africa to chart the way forward.
Gusau, also the founder and patron of the Gusau Institute, said the reason is not only to detect and fix development problems, weaknesses and errors, but also to appreciate progress.
“This meeting is timely, given the important role China-Africa relations play in the development trajectory of African countries and communities.
“It has become important to take a critical look at the roles of Chinese and African governments; not only to detect and correct policy flaws, weaknesses and errors, but also to assess progress.
“Relations with China are currently the most strategic link for almost all African countries, especially most sub-Saharan states, as they represent qualitative differences from past experiences.
“It’s not just because of China’s high levels of investment in Africa, but because the ties don’t reflect historical biases or expectations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Li Xinfeng, executive chairman and senior research fellow of the China-Africa Institute (CAI), observed that there had never been such profound global changes for centuries like the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the objective of this meeting is to promote peace and significant progress for common prosperity between China and Africa.
Li said, “Ensuring inclusive participation and reciprocal growth through partnership among developing countries is necessary to effectively achieve the GDI.
“In addition to actions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030, GDI will lay a solid foundation for building a community with a shared future for all humanity.
“Therefore, a partnership between China and Africa, a continent that constitutes the most important, energetic and literally multilateral collaboration of developing countries in the world.”
He expressed hope that the meeting will usher in new ideas for Chinese and African scholars to contribute and strengthen China-Africa joint cooperation towards realizing the GDI.
The highlight of the event was the plenary sessions and power point presentation on China-Africa cooperation.
The event attracted stakeholders from Chinese and African governments, the diplomatic community, academia, as well as private sector organizations. (NOPE)