Rwandan Ambassador to China, Charles Kayonga has stated that Africa and China are enjoying cooperation “across all areas”, and that the mutual work should continue.
Kayonga said in addition to political exchanges that China-Africa cooperation is also vigorous in fields including infrastructure, industry and agriculture.
There are successful projects carried out under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
He cited two Chinese-built railways, including one linking Djibouti and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as “hundreds of Special Economic Zones across the continent, that bring many benefits to both sides”.
The ambassador told China Dailythat “we have had financing for a number of roads, and we have seen direct investment by Chinese companies in a number of businesses rise.”
Kayonga added that Africa is in need of infrastructure, among other things, to achieve sustainable economic transformation.
According to Kayango, the cooperation with China will help finance the infrastructure projects to spur the continent’s industrial development, which will in turn favour China in its vision of going global.
He has confirmed that Rwandan President Paul Kagame, also chairman of the African Union, will attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation taking place in October.
The Summit is expected to better align the Belt and Road Initiative with development strategies of African countries.
The Belt and Road Initiative, along with its related infrastructure projects on the continent, “will bring Rwanda and other landlocked countries in Africa out of isolation while facilitating integration of the continental economy into the global economy”, Kayonga said.
For Kayonga, by building such a community, China and Africa will be able to better complement each other.
“The concept of a shared future for China and Africa refers to strategies by both sides to ensure that they apply their respective advantages and opportunities for mutually beneficial ends,” he said.
Source: China Daily