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CICETE Deputy Director-General Zhang Yi attended The FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference

On August 14, 2018, CICETE Deputy Director-General Zhang Yi attended The FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference, a forum hosted by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP) under the framework of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). More than 300 government officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and international organizations' officers from China, the United States, Japan, Denmark and 40 African countries participated in the discussions regarding China-African cooperation opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative and the role of social engagement under the framework of Africa-China poverty reduction cooperation.

As the discussant of session II-- The Opportunities and Driving Forces Brought by “Belt and Road” in Africa - China Poverty Reduction Cooperation, Zhang Yi expressed thatpoverty is not only an economic issue but also a political and social issue of the world. China-Africa poverty reduction cooperation first needs to be in line with the development strategies and policies of the two sides and requires the change of development strategies and thinking mode. 'Belt and Road' Initiative and FOCAC will both strengthen the cooperation relationship between China and Africa to realize sharing and co-construction. Helping Africa is not a simple copy and paste of the successful experience from China, it requires theoretical research and practical demonstration to find best practices meeting the local development needs. Only by helping and supporting each other can China and Africa achieve common progress and win-win results.

Since 2010, the China-Africa Poverty Reduction and Development Conference has been successfully held eight years, covering topics such as the central African experience in poverty reduction, agricultural development, infrastructure construction and poverty reduction, special economic zones, industrial development and poverty reduction, and new challenges in poverty reduction in China and Africa, etc. Through the joint efforts of all parties over the past eight years, the conference has become one of the main platforms for China-Africa poverty reduction and exchange. It was officially incorporated into the FOCAC framework of China-Africa cooperation in 2015 and became one of its sub-forums. As an important part of the implementation of the program for strengthening China-Africa poverty reduction cooperation, the China-Africa Poverty Reduction and Development Conference has received strong support from China, African countries, the African union, the United Nations Development Program and other international agencies.

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