Gao Yunong ,Xu Lejiang attended 2019 China-Africa Private Sector Cooperation Forum
The 2019 China-Africa Private Sector Cooperation Forum was held in Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province, on June 28.
Themed with “booster China-Africa cooperation in the manufacturing industry”, the forum was co-sponsored by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) and the People’s Government of Hunan Province, and was presented by the China-Africa Business Council and the provincial federation of industry and commerce of Hunan.
Gao Yunlong, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and chairman of the ACFIC, Xu Dazhe, governor of the People’s Government of Hunan Province, Assome Aminata Diatta, minister of trade and small and medium enterprises of the Republic of Senegal, and Qian Keming, vice minister of the Commerce Ministry, attended the opening ceremony and made speeches.
ACFIC’s vice chairman Xu Lejiang presided over the ceremony. ACFIC’s vice chairman Wang Yongqing also attended.
Gao said, the eight major actions proposed by President Xijinping on the Beijing Summit of China-Africa Cooperation Forum met with the need for high quality development and high level opening up of China’s economy, and also matched with the need for industrialization among African countries, which gave a direction for promoting China-Africa cooperation.
China has a complete and independent industrial system, and many competitive industries are capable of going global. The African continent has the youngest population and fastest growth rate in the world, with abundant resources, vast market and constantly improved infrastructure. The manufacturing industries of China and Africa are highly complementary, mutually beneficial, and enjoy broad prospects for cooperation.
The core of China-Africa manufacturing cooperation is to promote Africa’s economic and social development and integration by drawing on each other’s strengths to promote common progress and achieve mutual benefit.
Gao called on Chinese private enterprises in Africa to adhere to the concept of win-win cooperation, combining individual industrial upgrading with long term development of Africa, expanding investment in Africa for complementary and mutual beneficial cooperation; and to cooperate with main market players willing to develop in Africa, with an open mind and for building a community of shared interests and achieving multiple win-win outcomes; and to promote the application of sci-tech payoffs in African countries with the concept of innovation so as to build open, coordinated ad effective manufacturing technology research platforms with African countries.
Gao stressed that industrial parks’ importance should be noticed in encouraging qualified Chinese private enterprises to join in African trade cooperation, and the cooperation of manufacturing industries in China and Africa should be unfolded with industrial chains whiling playing the collective force of the industry that would double the effect and promote high quality development.
He also asked the governments of China and Africa to build a good environment and provide service guarantee for enterprises hammering at China-Africa cooperation, and the Chinese private enterprises should play an active role in forging such a clean and good atmosphere.
Wang Licheng,chairman of the Board of Holley Group and China-Africa Business Council, and Laurent Gange Bes , director of the investment and export promotion agency of the Republic of Benin, made key note speeches on the forum.
Ten attendees representing private enterprises and from the government departments of Africa exchanged on topics including “focusing on the macro aspects of China-Africa cooperation in the manufacturing industry, helping African industrialization” and “focusing on environmental friendly industry, electronic products, high-end manufacturing, helping improve African livelihood”.
The forum also saw the signing of many cooperation programs.
The forum was an achievement of the spirit of the 2018 China-Africa Cooperation Forum Beijing Summit, and an important measure of carrying out the proposal of eight major actions by President Xi Jinping aimed at forging an even closer China-Africa community with a shared future by encouraging Chinese private enterprises to join in the Belt and Road construction and African development.
The forum was to display the advantages of the private sector in production capacity cooperation, management and technology in promoting coordinated development of the upstream and downstream of the African industrial chain, and creating new drivers for high-quality manufacturing in China and Africa.
Around 200 representatives from governments, enterprises and research institutes of China and Africa attended the forum.