Saturday, January 19, 2019

FOCAC: Beijing Declaration, Action Plan adopted at summit

The 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit ended, Tuesday, September 4th.

Two resolution documents  – the Beijing Declaration –Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future and the Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) – were adopted and passed at the summit.

The resolution documents were adopted at the double phase round table meeting, jointly chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

President Xi Jinping of China stated that the summit over the past two days repeats the call for China-Africa win-win cooperation and common development.

He added that the leaders have unanimously decided to build 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.China FOCAC declaration

Speaking further, he said that the summit had unanimously adopted the outcome documents, which was setting the direction for the development of China-Africa relations.

Xi said they have agreed to develop FOCAC into a brand of China-Africa solidarity and cooperation, and a banner that guides international cooperation with Africa under the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all.

In his statement, Xi opined that they have decided to firmly uphold an open world economy and the multilateral trading system, while opposing protectionism and unilateralism.

“The vigorous development of China-Africa cooperation has not only promoted the progress of Africa, but also inspired international partners to pay closer attention to Africa and increase their input into and cooperation with the continent”, Xi said.

According to Xi, the Beijing Declaration fully reflects the consensus of both sides on major world issues and demonstrates the determination of both China and Africa to unite, share opportunities and meet challenges.

The Beijing Action Plan, meanwhile, sets a schedule for pragmatic cooperation in various fields over the next three years. “It shows the firm will of China and Africa to implement the eight initiatives, and depicts a new blueprint for win-win cooperation and common development,” Xi said.

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