On July 27, the online signing ceremony of the China-aided Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Headquarters (first phase) project implementation agreement was successfully held by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) and the African Union Commission.
Qian Keming, Vice Minister of MOFCOM, and Amira El Fadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs of AUC officially signed the above-mentioned agreement respectively on behalf of China and AUC. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, National Health Commission of the PRC and China International Development Cooperation Agency, Ambassador Liu Yuxi and Economic and Commercial Counsellor Lin Zhiyong of Mission of China to AU, as well as Deputy Director of Africa CDC attended the ceremony in Beijing and Addis Ababa and witnessed the signing ceremony together.
Commissioner Amira El Fadil said in her speech that the African Union (AU) attaches great importance to and is looking forward to the early construction of Africa CDC Headquarter Building, which marks another landmark of China-Africa friendship, solidarity and cooperation.
In his remarks, Vice Minister Qian Keming highlighted the great significance to sign the agreement during the fight against COVID-19. The project is well received by the African people. The Chinese government and people will stand together with the African people as always to fight COVID-19 and other epidemic diseases that threaten the lives and health of the African people. He said that a friend in need is a friend indeed. With the cooperation and solidarity of Chinese and African people, we will successfully defeat COVID-19.
According to Ambassador Liu Yuxi, the project of Africa CDC HQ Building is another extraordinary example of China-Africa friendship and cooperation. Mission of China to AU will continue to work with AUC to further strengthen communication and cooperation, follow up the CDC HQ project for its early completion and benefit the African people.
After the signing ceremony, both Commissioner Amira El Fadil and Ambassador Liu Yuxi accepted interviews from media, including CCTV.
Source: official website of the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC