China will carry out 50 agricultural assistance programs, provide emergency humanitarian food aid amounting to 1 billion yuan (147 million U.S. dollars) to African countries affected by natural disasters, and send 500 senior agricultural experts to Africa, President Xi Ji Ping has said.
He stated this in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), in Beijing,. he added that his government would assist Chinese companies in taking part in Africa’s infrastructure development by way of investment-construction-operation.
China will set up 10 Luban Workshops in Africa to offer vocational training for young Africans. China will also train 1,000 high-caliber Africans, provide Africa with 50,000 government scholarships, sponsor seminar and workshop opportunities for 50,000 Africans, and invite 2,000 African youths to visit China for exchanges.
To deepen people-to-people exchanges, Xi said China will set up an institute of African studies and enhance exchanges with Africa on civilization.
China will set up a China-Africa peace and security fund and continue providing free military aid to the African Union.
A total of 50 security assistance programmes will be carried out in the fields including UN peacekeeping missions, fighting piracy, and combating terrorism, he added.
President therefore called for the building of a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature.
He also called for the alignment of the Belt and Road construction with the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the development strategies of various African countries.