The two day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit (FOCAC) has ended with the heads of state adopting two outcome documents, the Beijing Declaration which is focusing on building an even stronger community with a shared future between China and Africa and a three year FOCAC–Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) which is going to be the roadmap for China-Africa cooperation in the new era.
The second day of the FOCAC summit commenced with a roundtable meeting where heads of state from Africa including President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed China-Africa relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.
After the roundtable meeting, the leaders then went into a closed door session where they adopted two outcome documents which are expected to build on the resolutions of the Johannesburg summit, when President Xi announced 10 major cooperation plans to promote industrialisation and agricultural modernisation in Africa.
Most of the plans have since been implemented.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo said the meeting was very successful and all the African heads of state commended the partnership between China and Africa and the steps that the Asian giant is taking to help accelerate the development agenda on the continent.
Minister Moyo said during today’s closed door roundtable meeting of heads of state, President Mnangagwa commended FOCAC for prioritising economic dialogue founded on peaceful development and mutual respect.
“President Mnangagwa also told the gathering that Zimbabwe held elections that were commended by international observers for being peaceful, free and fair,” said Dr Moyo.
President of Senegal Macky Sall was named the incoming co-chairman of FOCAC, replacing South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.