Paul Chikawa

ChinAfrica - - OPINION -

Zim­bab­wean am­bas­sador to china

My ex­pec­ta­tions are very high be­cause FOCAC is the pre­mier plat­form for Chi­naafrica co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, fo­cus­ing es­pe­cially on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. In De­cem­ber 2015, dur­ing the FOCAC Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit in South Africa in 2015, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping an­nounced 10 ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion plans be­tween China and Africa and un­veiled a bud­get of $60 bil­lion.

I am very op­ti­mistic that this year’s sum­mit will see more hap­pen­ings be­tween China and Africa. For Zim­babwe, be­ing a coun­try that was there in the be­gin­ning [of FOCAC], we ex­pect lots of co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas - these could be agri­cul­ture, min­ing, tourism, peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, cul­tural ex­changes, me­dia ex­changes, and health and se­cu­rity.

Over­all, I am very op­ti­mistic that this is an op­por­tu­nity where the Chi­nese lead­er­ship rep­re­sented by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and the var­i­ous African lead­ers [our leader in­cluded] will find var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss win-win co­op­er­a­tion un­der the present frame­work of what Pres­i­dent Xi has crafted as So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era, and a com­mu­nity of a shared fu­ture for mankind.

[FOCAC] has boosted bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion and trade re­la­tions. Just to il­lus­trate this, when FOCAC started [in 2000], China was Zim­babwe’s lead­ing for­eign di­rect in­vestor. The coun­try in­vested about $600 mil­lion that year and was the No.1 in­vest­ment part­ner for a num­ber of years af­ter­ward. China has be­come the sec­ond big­gest trad­ing part­ner for Zim­babwe and all this is be­cause FOCAC has given the plat­form and the um­brella to pro­mote trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions, so it is a pos­i­tive kind of re­la­tion­ship for us.

i am very op­ti­mistic that this is an op­por­tu­nity where the chi­nese lead­er­ship rep­re­sented by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and the var­i­ous African lead­ers [our leader in­cluded] will find var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss win-win co­op­er­a­tion un­der the present frame­work of what Pres­i­dent Xi has crafted as So­cial­ism with chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics for a new Era, and a com­mu­nity of a shared fu­ture for mankind.

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