Vice Governor He Baoxiang listened to the report on the preparations for the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) and the development of the China-Africa economic and trade cooperation mechanism
On the afternoon of July 27, He Baoxiang, Vice Governor of the People's Government of Hunan Province, presided over a meeting in the provincial government and listened to the report of the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province on the preparations for the second CAETE and the development of the China-Africa economic and trade cooperation mechanism. Chen Xianchun, Deputy Secretary-General of the People's Government of Hunan Province, Xu Xiangping, Director of the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province, and Li Xinqiu, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province, attended the meeting. Other attendees included relevant personnel from the No. 3 Secretariat of the General Office of the People's Government of Hunan Province, the Division of Western Asian & African Affairs and the Secretariat of China-Africa Affairs of the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province.
At the meeting, the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province reported on the overall plan and early preparations of the second CAETE as well as the development of the China-Africa cooperation mechanism. After listening to the report, Vice Governor He Baoxiang affirmed the preparatory work in the early stage and put forward four suggestions for the next stage.
First, efforts should be made to strengthen communication with the Ministry of Commerce and other ministries and commissions and coordinate the organization of the Expo with the real situation of the pandemic control, so as to reasonably determine the time of the event and optimize the overall plan.
Second, it is necessary to give full play to the functions of the CAETE as a national platform for China-Africa economic and trade cooperation, highlight China-Africa cooperation at a local level, rationally determine guest countries and theme provinces, and improve the enthusiasm and sense of gain of both African and Chinese participants.
Third, it is important to focus on the achievements of economic and trade cooperation, review and track the key projects signed on the first CAETE to ensure their implementation, and enhance the effectiveness of the event.
Fourth, it is necessary to fully tap into the complementarity between Hunan's and Africa's industries and step up cooperation with African countries in agriculture, environmental protection, energy, and power in various ways such as "leading enterprises + industrial alliances", so as to deliver one or two industry cooperation cases that can be replicated and promoted for the next CAETE. Fifth, special importance should be attached to a smooth logistics channel between Hunan and Africa for the construction of the African non-resource products distribution, processing and trading center.
Review of the first CAETE
The first CAETE opened in Changsha, Hunan Province on June 27, 2019. President Xi Jinping delivered a congratulatory letter to the Expo.
The first CAETE closed at the foot of Yuelu Mountain, on the bank of Xiangjiang River, but the great ship of China-Africa economic and trade cooperation has just set sail.
"The first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo brings together the Chinese and African governments, think tanks, enterprises and financial institutions to discuss major cooperation projects. It is hoped that the two sides will strengthen coordination to better implement the eight major initiatives put forward at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), actively explore new paths for cooperation, breed new growth drivers for collaboration, and promote a higher-level China-Africa economic and trade cooperation." Hu Chunhua, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Vice Premier of China, read the congratulatory letter from President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the first CAETE held in Changsha, Hunan on June 27, 2019.
The Dialogue on Investing in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia was held in Changsha, Hunan Province.
The millennial ship sets sail on the "New Silk Road"
Hunan in June was brightened by summer blossoms.
In Changsha Tongguan Kiln Museum, the "Blackstone" ship restored at a 1: 1 ratio reappeared on the ancient Maritime Silk Road. The ship fully loaded with porcelains from Changsha Kiln braved the wind and waves, sailing to North Africa and other places.
A thousand years later, the "New Silk Road" of China-Africa economic and trade cooperation was blazed by the great vision of the Belt and Road Initiative.
At 1:00 a.m. on June 12, China Southern Airlines' first direct flight from Changsha to Nairobi departed from Changsha. After nearly 11 hours of flight, the airplane arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya at 6:44 a.m. local time. This is CAAC's first regular route directly from Hunan to Africa, with the passenger load factor exceeding 90%.
The site of the first CAETE.
On June 27, the first CAETE was held in Hunan, attracting 53 African delegations and bringing together international organizations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Food Programme (WFP), World Trade Organization (WTO) and African Union (AU). Thirteen major economic and trade projects and agreements amounting to RMB 2.514 billion were signed between China and eight African countries, and 71 projects and agreements were signed at seminars, cooperation dialogues, consultations and cooperation forums.
"The first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo themed on 'Win-Win Cooperation for Closer China-Africa Economic and Trade Partnership' is a grand international economic and trade event to co-construct a closer China-Africa Community with a Shared Future in the new era. All the agendas have been completed and fruitful results have been achieved." On June 29, the first CAETE successfully concluded in Changsha. This event further improved China-Africa economic and trade cooperation structure and expanded cooperation channels.
Enable a new cooperation model
"We will send young scientists to African countries every year to engage in the scientific research, promotion and popularization of hybrid rice. Taking over the task of the older generation of agricultural science and technology workers, they will continue to help African countries develop agriculture and grow rice, thus increasing grain production," said Yuan Longping, an 89-year-old Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, at the 2019 Seminar on China-Africa Rice Development held on June 27. His speech won continuous applause from over 500 rice experts from Madagascar, Egypt, Mali and other countries present at the Seminar.
It is a clear statement of academician Yuan Longping, as well as China's commitment to African countries.
Academician Yuan Longping (first from the right of the front row), Philibert Rakotoson, then Secretary-General at the Ministry of Agriculture of Madagascar (third from the left), and Mamy Andriantsoa, then Director‐General for agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture of Madagascar (second from the left), inspected the hybrid rice field in Changsha.
Across the ocean thousands of miles away, another breaking news of hybrid rice has spread across Africa.
A total of 10.8 tons of rice per hectare! Recently, Chinese agricultural technologists have had great success in growing rice in Madagascar. According to yield sampling data, the 5 hectares of hybrid rice grown locally yield 10.8 tons of rice per hectare, three times the local average rice yield.
With 80% of agricultural population, Madagascar has to import 400,000 tons of rice per year due to insufficient rice yield.
"As long as 15% of Madagascar's land is planted with hybrid rice, the country will be able to realize self-sufficiency in rice." The development of China's hybrid rice has experienced the stage of self-sufficiency and surplus in China to China's assistance to African countries to solve the grain problem, contributing more to global food security.
Since 2012, 260 training sessions have been held, training 4,980 agricultural officers and technologists for 53 African countries. China's aid shifts from all-inclusive assistance to skills transfer. The "magical eastern rice" from China has been promoting the agricultural modernization in the grain-deficient African continent, making sure that the people there are fed.
African guests seeking new development plans
On the afternoon of June 27 during the CAETE, Beninese Ambassador to China Simon Pierre Adovelande visited the African young people at Hunan-Africa Enterprise Cooperation Center. Gabonese Ambassador to China Baudelaire Ndong Ella was also invited along.
"Our past cooperation only focused on aspects such as infrastructure construction and investment. Talent investment and the growth of young people were overlooked. The cooperation center can fill this gap." Simon Pierre Adovelande kept the core concept of the cooperation center in mind since his visit a month ago. Visiting again, he expected to see more outstanding young Africans fit in the Chinese environment, learn more from the Chinese wisdom and contribute to the industrialization of African countries.
Delegates from China and Africa had a pleasant conversation.
To better introduce African enterprises into China and help products and services with Chinese characteristics go global, Hunan-Africa Enterprise Cooperation Center is focusing on nine industrial chains, including planting, cultivation, agricultural product processing, energy, machinery, construction, medicine, tourism and business. It invites entrepreneurs from Zoomlion, Foton Motor, Sany and other renowned enterprises to form an entrepreneurial mentor system. By forms such as meetings, salons and plant visits, it offers one-on-one and many-to-one coaching to outstanding young African entrepreneurs at the cooperation center, provides a series of industry solutions to African countries and participates in the incubation of international trade projects.
Today's Africa is a promising land with world-leading reserves of minerals, energy, agriculture, forestry and other natural resources. Cocoa, coffee, cotton and other cash crops produced here occupy an important position in the world. It is also the world's largest labor market.
Today's China is the world's largest developing country and second-largest economy. It has been Africa's largest trade partner for ten consecutive years.
The increasingly close communication and connection between China and Africa has laid a solid foundation for the continued enhancement of bilateral economic and trade cooperation. China and Africa are ushering a golden age of all-round development of bilateral cooperation.
Source: people.cn, rednet.cn, Department of Commerce of Hunan Province