2014 Chronicle of Sino-African Events
A year in review
The Sixth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit is held in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15, 2014. The five countries signed an agreement to establish the New Development Bank (NDB) and mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. Headquartered in Shanghai, the NDB will have an initial authorized capital of $100 billion. The initial subscribed capital will be $50 billion, to be shared equally among the members.
The South Africa-China Business Forum is held in Beijing on December 5, 2014. It was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, Huang Shuhe, Vice Minister of the State Council’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and 400 other government and business representatives from China and South Africa.
The 10th Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Forum on China-africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is held in Pretoria, South Africa from December 9 to 10, 2014. Officials from China and African countries met to prepare for the Sixth FOCAC Ministerial Conference, to be held this year in South Africa.
Chinese companies CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and CNR Rolling Stock South Africa win contracts worth $3 billion from the Transnet Group in South Africa. This is the lion’s share of the 50-billion rand ($4.7 billion) locomotive procurement contract. The signing ceremony was held in Johannesburg on March 17, 2014.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya from May 4 to 11, 2014, marking his first official trip abroad in 2014. The itinerary included a visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on May 5. A series of agreements were signed.
China hosts the Year of South Africa from April 29 to December 5, 2014. It was marked by more than 50 programs, ranging from trade seminars to art events and educational projects. This year, South Africa will host the Year of China. The programs were agreed upon by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma when Xi visited South Africa in 2013.
After the Ebola breakout in West Africa in February, the Chinese Government sends four rounds of humanitarian emergency assistance worth 750 million yuan ($122.55 million). More than 1,000 epidemic prevention experts and medical workers have been dispatched to assist the countries affected
The Fifth Roundtable Conference on China-africa Cooperation is held in Wanning, Hainan Province from November 13 to 14, 2014. More than 350 entrepreneurs, scholars, experts, government officials and financial organization representatives from China and African countries discussed new ways to strengthen cooperation.
China, South Africa, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the United States and other parties launch Cobra II, a crosscontinent operation against illegal wildlife trade, from December 30, 2013 to January 26, 2014.
Operation Cobra II led to more than 350 illegal wildlife product seizures and the arrest of over 400 suspects. The haul included more than 3 tons of raw ivory and ivory products, over 1,000 hides and 36 rhino horns, according to the China Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office. The operation shows China’s determination to crack down on illegal wildlife trade.