On August 14, Deputy Director-General of China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges Zhang Yi was invited to attend the FOCAC - Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference, an important sub-forum under the FOCAC hosted by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development and co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China and the China Belt and Road Institute for Agricultural Cooperation of China Agriculture University. Attending were more than 300 participants including government officials, international organizations’ representatives, non-governmental organizations’ officials, business leaders, experts and scholars from China, United States, Japan, Denmark and 40 African countries like Angola, Botswana and Mauritius.
When commenting on the chapter of “the Opportunities and Driving Forces Brought by the Belt and Road Construction in Africa-China Poverty Reduction Cooperation”, Deputy Director-General Zhang Yi said that poverty is not only an economic issue, but also a political and social issue. China-Africa poverty reduction cooperation needs to be consistent with the development strategies and policies of the two sides and requires the changes of development strategies and thinking modes. The Belt and Road Initiative and the FOCAC are important platforms for China and Africa to achieve shared growth through consultation and collaboration and are the pathways to promote connectivity. Helping Africa is definitely not the process of copying and pasting China’s experience, but it needs theoretical research and the test of practice to find out the right way for the right place. Only by helping each other can China and Africa achieve common progress and win-win results.
Since 2010, the Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference has been successfully held for eight times, discussing topics such as the poverty reduction experience of Central Africa, agricultural development and poverty reduction, infrastructure and poverty reduction, special economic zones and poverty reduction, industrial development and poverty reduction and new challenges of poverty reduction in China and Africa. After 8 years of joint efforts of all sides, this conference has become one of the main platforms to discuss China-Africa poverty alleviation, and has been officially incorporated into the FOCAC framework as one of the sub-forums. As an important part of implementing the Program for Strengthening China-Africa Cooperation on Poverty Reduction issued by China and the African Union, this conference has received strong support from China, many African countries, the African Union and other international agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme.