Eighteen years after its inception, the Forum on China-Africa cooperation (FOCAC) will be held in Beijing on 3 & 4 September, under the theme “China and Africa: towards an even stronger community within a shared future through win-win cooperation”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said during the 10th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg that FOCAC “aims to enhance complementarity between China-Africa joint efforts to pursue the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the 2030 Agenda on the one hand development strategies on the other”. Jinping is expected to chair the meeting and also hold related events.
The Belt and Road Initiative, dubbed the 21st century Silk Road is aimed at connecting Asia, Africa and Europe by generating more resources and means, expanding the market space for African development and broadening its development prospects. The Chinese flagship (BRI) helped accomplish the erection of a high-speed railway in Kenya last year – from Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa.
FOCAC currently has 55 members including the host nation China, 53 African countries, and the African Union Commission. China has been involved in the development of African countries and has been promoting cooperation with Africa through various means including infrastructure and development projects.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane