China- Africa Summit to strengthen ties with Nigeria-Envoy

Adoba Echono, Abuja

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The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, says Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC summit would bring about new opportunities to grow China-Nigeria strategic partnership.

The two-day summit is scheduled to hold Sept. 3 to Sept. 4 in Beijing.

Pingjian stated this in Abuja, Nigeria while briefing journalists on the agenda of 2018 FOCAC summit.

The envoy also reiterated his country’s commitment to stepping up its cooperation with Nigeria in agriculture, manufacturing, industrial capacity and investment, infrastructure, energy, and other areas.

 “The China-Nigeria relations have since entered a new stage of rapid development,” he said.

It is our firm belief that President Buhari’s attendance at the upcoming FOCAC Beijing Summit will make important contribution to China-Africa cooperation and bring about new opportunities to grow China-Nigeria strategic partnership,” he added.

The Envoy also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will join his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping and other African leaders to address the Summit.

 “President Xi Jinping will open the summit, while President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders will address the gathering,” according to the envoy.

He also disclosed that officials from 52 African countries, including the African Union Commission, are expected to attend the Beijing summit.

Action Plan
Dr. Pingjian said the FOCAC summit would adopt a new Action Plan, adding that the new Chinese commitments to Africa would be embedded in the new document.

The summit has as its theme: “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation.

FOCAC which was launched in Beijing in the year 2000 has been a key platform for the collective dialogue and cooperation between China and African countries.

The last summit was held in December 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60 billion funding support for infrastructural development in Africa.

Ambassador Pingjian said the implementation work of the FOCAC Johannesburg summit has been going smoothly with prominent achievements in Nigeria.

 

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