Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo has reiterated Africa’s desire to deepen fraternal relations through close cooperation and building of strong bond of friendship with China.

Minister Moyo said this during a presentation at the closing day of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in the Chinese capital, Beijing today.

Minister Moyo said Zimbabwe is among the countries that have submitted projects for consideration following the pronouncement of the US$60 billion funding availed to Africa by China under the FOCAC framework in line with the major eight initiatives proposed by President Xi Jinping of China during last year’s summit.

“Zimbabwe joins hands with other African countries in appreciating the opportunities provided by China in ensuring that the implementation of development projects will boost the economy and the industrialisation of our countries,” Dr Moyo said.

With the African Continental Free Trade Area coming into force, Minister Moyo said investment into African countries will buttress trade between Africa and China and further establish Asian giant as the key economic and trading partner.

“During the 2018 summit one of the key initiatives was capacity building initiative and it was agreed that the Capacity Building Foundation to be established in Zimbabwe will help enhance the achievement of Agenda 2063 and provide skills which Africa needs in as far as feasibility studies are concerned,” he said.

FOCAC has demonstrated the synergies of cooperating and nurturing multilateralism and denounce unilateralism in an increased interconnected international order.

Meanwhile, the government of Zimbabwe has expressed gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the humanitarian assistance and reconstruction projects following Tropical Cyclone Idai that left a trail of destruction in Manicaland and parts of Mashonaland East Province.