55 states to take part in FOCAC Since its formation in 2000, FOCAC has become a notable brand for China-Africa cooperation

BEIJING. – The eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held in Dakar, Senegal, at the end of November, with 55 member countries expected to participate, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday.

“We will work together on setting new measures in accordance with our development strategies. The new measures should be in line with China’s vision of 2035 and the adaptation of ‘dual-cycle development.’ For Africa, the measures should also align with the African Union’s 2063 agenda,” said China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming.

The last FOCAC was held in 2018 in Beijing. And for the past three years, China-Africa trade and economic cooperation have made solid progress.

In the first nine months of this year, the bilateral trade volume reached a record of US$185,2 billion, up by 38,2 percent year on year. China’s direct investment to Africa across all sectors was US$2.59 billion, mirroring an increase of 9,9 percent.

“China’s exports of construction machinery and daily necessities have met both the production and living needs of those in Africa. To China, Africa is an important source of many mineral resources, an important element in maintaining the stability of our industrial chain,” said Qian.

“In recent years, we have also taken active measures to expand the import of non-resource-based products from Africa while helping African countries increase their foreign exchange income. This also better enriches China’s domestic market supply.”

China has not only put great emphasis on trading goods with Africa, but it has also cooperated to help improve the continent’s economic development, virus control strategies and the livelihood of African people, said Qian.  – CGTN.com

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