Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Africa, China urged to promote closer ties

The President of the Zhejieng Normal University in Jinhua, China, Professor Jiang Guojun, has urged Africa to closely work together with China to enhance the mutual relationship between them and promote economic, cultural and social development.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the end of a 21-day seminar at the university in China, Professor Guojun said by encouraging continued communications and interaction, China and Africa would forge ahead to enhance the cooperation between them.

The seminar was organised by the Zhejieng Normal University in Jinhua, China, with sponsorship from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. It was attended by 28 professionals from government agencies, the academia and the media from 10 Anglophone African countries.

Tracing the long-standing historic relations between China and Africa, Professor Guojun said as part of measures to improve the relationship between the university (China) and other countries, about 80 of such seminars had so far been organised for 1,600 participants from 70 Asian and African countries.

That, he said, had greatly enhanced the Africa-related programmes of the university, which had also led to the setting up of an African Studies Department at the university.
He, therefore, stressed the need for China and Africa to endeavour to strengthen the cooperation between them.

A representative of the participants, Professor Nyiel Gordon Kuol, commended the Chinese government and the authorities of the Zhejieng Normal University for the opportunity.

"A lot has been acquired in terms of knowledge by both the participants and the resource persons and the entire conference has also been fruitful," she stated, adding, "we will do our best individually to make the cooperation between China and Africa stronger."

Professor Kuol further appealed to the Chinese government, through the university, to review its support to countries in Africa and do more to boost agriculture, infrastructure, transportation and tourism.

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