...To provide 1bn vaccines to Africa

By Vera Anyagafu

As a move towards improving its traditional friendship with Africa, China has expressed willingness towards a new prospects for the development of bilateral relations.

This according to the Peoples Republic of China would be achieved through implementation of the new development philosophy.

This came even as China’s Consul General in Lagos, Chu Maoming disclosed that the country will provide another 1 billion doses of vaccines to Africa.

According to him, 2022 marks the 66th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between China and African countries.

In his words: “Cooperation between China and Africa has reached a new climax. China and Africa have jointly built over 10,000 kilometers of railways, nearly 100,000 kilometers of roads, nearly 1,000 bridges, nearly 100 ports and a large number of hospitals and schools.

“China and African countries have overcome the impact of COVID-19 and held a successful Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

President Xi Jinping highlighted the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation, spelt out four proposals for building a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era, and announced nine programs for cooperation with Africa.

“This is a new milestone in China-Africa relations and a full expression of China’s sincerity in supporting Africa’s development and revitalization. Over the past year, China-Africa trade and investment have both grown despite the headwinds.

“Efforts have been made to synergize the Global Development Initiative with the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and development strategies of African countries, to set up a platform for China-Africa private investment promotion, and to open “green lanes” for African agricultural exports to China, in a bid to help Africa with faster post-COVID recovery.

“China and Africa have also jointly launched an Initiative on Partnership for Africa’s Development and formulated a China-Africa Partnership Plan on Digital Innovation and new dimensions to China-Africa cooperation.

“China cherishes its traditional friendship with Africa and is willing to open up new prospects for the development of bilateral relations through implementing the new development philosophy.

“China will continue to work with Africa to defeat the pandemic. The world is facing a new round of impact of the Omicron strain. As a friend of Africa, China will never sit by.

“President Xi Jinping has announced that China will provide another 1 billion doses of vaccines to Africa, and this largest-scale assistance plan to Africa is in progress. Batches of vaccines are being transported across mountains and seas and delivered to every corner of Africa where there is in need.

“We will absolutely stand by our African brothers and sisters until the final victory is won.China will speed up the implementation of the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). We stand ready to enhance synergy with African partners, roll up our sleeves and work hard to deliver all the outcomes of the conference to the benefit of the African people, help Africa speed up post-pandemic recovery and embark on the path of independent and sustainable development at an early date.

“China is willing to work with all friendly countries to help African countries speed up post-pandemic recovery, eliminate poverty and underdevelopment, catch up with the times as soon as possible, achieve common development and create a better future. China and Africa have become steadfast allies and reliable partners on the path to modernization. As long as we continue to cooperate with solidarity, we will surely blaze a new trail for developing countries to achieve modernization.”

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