On May 30, the Africa Theme Day Forum organized by the Organizing Committee of China Africa Industrial Forum kicked off at the 5th CIFTIS (China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services). Themed at "building the African market together", this Forum introduced policies and made information exchanges closely centering on the trade in services in Africa and introduced programs through multimedia display, keynote speeches and Q&A links, etc.
It is reported that focusing on industry, agriculture, tourism, communications, finance and investment facilitation, logistics, science and technology, green development, peace and security, programs and products were demonstrated, special negotiation zones set up and signing ceremony for program cooperation was held at this Forum.
CHENG Tao, former Director General of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pointed out in his speech that China and Africa have stayed together with mutual trust, shared experience in country governance, found the way to wealth to achieve rapid development in compliance with the actual national conditions, achieved common development, shared mutual benefits and realized win-win results together. China's talent and management experience holds great market potential in the African continent and thus Chinese and African enterprises will expect a brilliant future in cooperation in Africa.
CHENG Zhigang, Secretary General of China Africa Industrial Forum, demonstrated the outcomes in economic and trade cooperation between China and Africa through data. According to data, the trade volume between China and Africa will reach USD 200 billion by the end of 2018, covering over 100 investment projects and a variety of fields. At the same time, December this year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of China Africa Industrial Forum. Over the past 10 years, the Forum has concluded contracts totaling over USD 30 billion for more than 500 cooperative projects and boosted 600-odd Chinese enterprises to go to Africa.
At the same time, Dhia KHALED, the ambassador of Tunisia, expressed his hope that more and more Chinese enterprises will make investment in and settle in Tunisia and accordingly, Tunisia will provide a bunch of incentives and preferential measures for Chinese investors. Paul Chikawa, the ambassador of Zimbabwe, expressed his great expectation for China Africa Industrial Forum and extended his thanks to the contributions of China Africa Industrial Forum to the bilateral relationships between China and Zimbabwe in the past 10 years. Fatou Kinneh Jobe, the deputy ambassador of Gambia, said that Gambia sees very rapid economic growth in cities in Gambia and hoped that Chinese enterprises can go to Gambia for investment and construction.
During the Forum, both parties also held the Opening Ceremony of China Africa Agricultural Cooperation Promotion Alliance. CHENG Zhigang, Secretary General of China Africa Industrial Forum, CHENG Tao, and former Director General of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TAO Weiguang, former ambassador in Benin, Zimbabwean ambassador and deputy ambassador of Gambia cut the ribbon at the ceremony together.
According to information, African Pavilion and Africa Theme Day Forum of CIFTIS are an integral part of CIFTIS and two sessions have been held. They act as the distribution center for policy release and information exchanges in the field of trade in services in Africa. This event attracted over 30 ambassadors of African countries to China and over 100 representatives of African enterprises in China. Attendees of the Forum also include representatives of enterprises at the African Pavilion at CIFTIS, representatives of supporting and cooperation units, representatives of council members of China Africa Industrial Forum and representatives of member units, totaling 200.