President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking from the Chinese capital, Beijing

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has commended the relationship existing between Africa and China saying the rest of the world must embrace with Africa, emulating from the important role of protecting the interests of developing countries while pushing forward the social and economic development of the continent.

Speaking from the Chinese capital, Beijing where he is attending the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) President Mnangagwa has dispelled assertions that China is benefiting more from co-operating with Africa.

“Due to historical reasons, Africa is a continent with the largest number of developing countries and a striking imbalance between different regions but at the same time the continent boasts of vast unexploited resources, which the rest of the world can benefit,” said President Mnangagwa.

Leaders attending the FOCAC summit are expected to identify a concrete action plan that will provide visible guidelines for China-Africa cooperation for the next three years.

The two sides will also work together to combine the theme with the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Africa, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development of the United Nations, the Agenda 2063 of the African Union as well as the development strategies of various African countries to make new planning for win-win cooperation and open up new prospects for common development.

President Mnangagwa said the population of Africa which is almost reaching two billion people is too big to be ignored by any serious investor.

Under the leadership of President Mnangagwa, relations between Zimbabwe and China have been elevated to a new level, from an all-weather friendship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

This year’s edition of FOCAC is being held under the theme: ‘China And Africa: Toward An Even Stronger Community With A Shared Future Through Win-Win Cooperation.”