Independent Media warmly welcomes the President of the Peoples' Republic of China Xi Jinping and his delegation to South Africa, as well as all the African heads of state who are here to participate in the second summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC).
"This is an historic event as it is the first time the summit has been held on African soil, and it represents an important platform for high-level dialogue and cooperation. The summit will not only deepen and upgrade Africa-China relations, but will synergise China-Africa development strategies," said Executive Chairman of Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé.
Since the establishment of FOCAC fifteen years ago, the trade volume between China and Africa has jumped from US$10bn to US$220bn. As Africans we look forward to expanding our cooperation with China in line with "Africa's Agenda 2063 - The Africa we want" priorities, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, infrastructure, industrialisation, public health, education, green energy, agriculture, and human resource development.
According to Independent Media's Group Foreign Editor Shannon Ebrahim, "The commitment of the People's Republic of China to Africa's development imperatives are a game changer on the continent, as with its assistance Africa will be able to leverage the necessary skills, finance, and technology to define its destiny."
A number of events are taking place in Johannesburg leading up to the summit which starts on 4 December at the Sandton Convention Centre. One such event was a round-table meeting, jointly hosted by Independent Media and China Public Diplomacy Association.
Speakers at the round-table included:
Zhang Ming, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, China
Nomaindia Mfeketo, Dep. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa;
Dr Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairman of Independent Media;
Zhong Jianhua, Special Representative on African Affairs, Government of China;
Gong Jianzhong, Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association, and
Dr Yutong Liu, Secretary General of the China Public Diplomacy Association.
Top academics on China-Africa Relations from China, South Africa, and the African continent, as well as African and Chinese journalists also attended the round-table discussions.