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Forum on China-Africa Cooperation benefits both sides


05-04-2014 05:08 BJT

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Every three years, China and Africa hold a forum to strengthen relations, build mutual trust and enhance cultural exchanges. Over the years, the Forum on China- Africa Cooperation has brought relations to a new level.

The First Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was held in Beijing in October 2000. Nearly 80 ministerial level officials from 45 African countries attended, along with representatives from 17 international and regional organizations. The conference was established to develop a stable and long-term partnership between China and Africa.Since then, the forum has been held every three years, with member-countries taking turns to host the event. So far, five summits have been held.

The second forum was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 2003. In November 2006, it was held in Beijing. At this forum, both sides agreed to launch a new type of strategic partnership, featuring political equality, economic cooperation and cultural exchanges. Three year later in 2009, the forum was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. And the most recent meeting was held in Beijing in July 2012.

After the meeting, two documents - the Beijing declaration and the Beijing Action Plan - were released. These documents laid out a roadmap for political and economic cooperation over the next three years.

The forum has become an effective platform for dialogue and multilateral cooperation between China and Africa, creating a new type of partnership. It has brought substantial benefits to both sides, particularly in trade and people to people exchanges. The Sixth ministerial conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015.

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