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AU commissioner: Expectations high on 'Ten Plans'

Reporter: Nathan Rodgers 丨 CCTV.com

12-06-2015 12:42 BJT

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President Xi has unveiled 10 major cooperation plans to better relations with the African continent. The African Union Commission for Infrastructure and Energy welcomed the proposal, and says that expectations are high for the plans. 

Ten plans in three years. President Xi revealed the focus of China-Africa cooperation during the opening ceremony of the FOCAC summit.

The plans cover an array of areas, including industrialization, agricultural modernization, infrastructure, green development, poverty reduction, and peace and security. 

To guarantee their successful implementation, President Xi says China will fund the plans with US$60 billion, a pledge warmly welcomed by the African Union.

Dr. Elham M. A. Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy said:"We have  signed between the AU commission for the development of three networks, roads, railway and air transport. Expectations are high in these areas."

In addition to financial support, China has been helping Africa with training and technical expertise. This has helped increase the number of skilled workers on the African continent.

The AU commissioner Elham Ibrahim says this work is appreciated, especially in the fields of information and telecommunication.

"The expertise of China is well-known, our people can benefit from them. It's important to exchange information and experience with others in the world," said Dr. Elham M. A. Ibrahim. 

China has pledged to push forward with what it calls "all-round development" of its relations with Africa. And with the "Ten Plans" setting specific directions for this development, no doubt the two sides are entering a period of more frequent and in-depth cooperation.

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