Chinese Premier will address the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, next week.
Ahead of his four-nation tour of Africa, Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, has said that China will not pursue a colonialist path in Africa.
Mr. Keqiang spoke in Beijing on Tuesday when he addressed a delegation of African journalists who were on a tour of some cities in China.
He is scheduled to visit Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria between May 4 and May 11 and is billed to address the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, next week.
“China will forever be a reliable friend and true partner of the African people and contribute to Africa’s endeavour in developing its beautiful home continent.
“’China is ready to share with Africa its experience on poverty reduction and agricultural development, enhance agricultural cooperation with Africa and help Africa train technical and managerial personnel on agriculture.
“We hope poverty reduction will help Africa achieve sustainable development and bring the African people a more dignified life,” Mr. Li said.
He said China is aware of Africa’s developmental challenges, particularly on achieving Millennium Development Goals.
“China and Africa are committed to developing economy and improving people’s livelihood, which makes poverty reduction one of the highlights of China-Africa cooperation.
“We hope poverty reduction will help Africa achieve sustainable development and bring the African people a more dignified life,” he said.
Mr. Keqiang expressed China’s readiness to work with African countries to enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen cooperation in upholding peace and security, boost practical cooperation and strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
“China will treat the African people with sincerity, strengthen solidarity and promote common development through win-win cooperation.
“China is ready to bring into full play its advantages and take an active part in Africa’s infrastructure development so as to promote connectivity on the African continent.
“China will also create new ways of investment and financing cooperation to help Africa address the funding shortfalls,” he said.
Mr. Keqiang Li asked Chinese companies operating in Africa to strictly abide by laws and regulations of their host communities.
He urged them to also hold themselves accountable to the letters of their contracts and provide high quality goods for consumers.
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