CHINA TO HELP AFRICA NURTURE INDEPENDENT GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT CAPABILITIES

BEIJING-- China will help African countries nurture independent growth and development capabilities as part of new measures to boost China-Africa economic and trade co-operation, says Deputy Commerce Minister Qian Keming.

Efforts will be made to help reduce poverty, create jobs, develop economy and improve people's livelihood in Africa, offering training and jobs to young people in particular, Qian told a media conference on the sidelines of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress,China's Parliament here Sunday.

Besides the ongoing ten co-operation projects covering a wide range of fields from industrialization to public health, which were announced at the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit in Johannesburg in 2015, China is designing new measures to enhance bilateral economic and trade co-operation based on African countries' demands, according to Qian.

China will align the Belt and Road Initiative with the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and development strategies of individual African countries, he said.

"We also plan to work with third-party institutions, including international poverty alleviation and development agencies, to beef up support for Africa and lift bilateral cooperation to a new phase," Qian said.

The next FOCAC summit will be held in Beijing in September, with focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK