1219: The opening ceremony of FOCAC has ended. Thank you for joining us.

1215: AU welcomes the Belt and Road Initiative, says Mr Mahamat.

1212: Mr Mahamat commends President Xi for his commitment to China-Africa cooperation. Says summit will help in the integration of Africa. Connectivity between Africa and its partners is being enhanced through the summit, he says.

1210: Next to speak is the AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, who says Africa is committed to multilateralism.

1205: The UN says its essential for China to share its progress with Africa. This summit examplifies the win-win coopperation the the world envisages.

1204: He says the UN is ready to support Africa in its cooperation with China. Supports Africa’s resolve to fight money laundering, illicit financial flows and corruption.

1158: UN Secretary General António Guterres is the next speaker. He commends such cooperation based on UN statutes. Says infrastructure development is critical in Africa. UN is ready to support the continent.

1154: Kagame salutes President Xi for visiting all the regions of Africa since his assumption of Chinese presidency. He says China has proved to be a win-win partner and sincere friend. Mr Kagame concludes his speech.

1152: Africa must articulate the continent’s priorities. Africa wishes to be part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), says Kagame.

1146: Next on the podium is Rwandan President and African Union chairman Mr Paul Kagame. It is time for Africa to step up efforts in improving projects management, he says.

1145: South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has just finished his address where he commended China-Africa relations. Earlier, President Xi Jinping gave his opening address.

We give you updates on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) opening ceremony underway in Beijing, China where President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in attendance and expected to address delegates.