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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Africa-China Renew Joint Commitment to Eliminate Poverty

The Africa-China Poverty reduction and Development Conference concluded on Wednesday (November 19) with African and Chinese officials today calling for a deepening of the partnership between the two partners. Co-hosted by the Government of Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China and the United Nations Development Program, the conference explored the current state of development work in Africa and identified key areas for joint initiatives. The conference was attended by around 200 participants, including government officials from African countries and China, as well as experts and scholars from the private sector, civil society and international organizations. Under the theme of 'Industrial Development: Cross-Perspectives from Africa and China', it focused on the future of Africa's development with an emphasis on how to balance industrialization with inclusive growth.

Ms Fatima Haram Acyl, the AU Commissioner for the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission, said reaching an acceptable level of socio-economic development and industrialization required hard work, sacrifices and pro-industrialization policies. She said the success of China was inspiring, Ethiopia President Dr Mulatu Teshome said benchmarking China's best practices in industrialization was essential, adding that it was "almost unthinkable to realize the African dream of becoming an industrialized, united and prosperous continent by 2063 only through Africa's own technology generation." Eugene Owusu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia, said "In seeking to drive industrial growth, we need strong partnerships. Such South-South co-operation can bring new opportunities for exchange and learning, financing, investment, trade, and also industrial development." A report on "China's Industrialization: Overview-Implications for Africa's Industrialization" and a comparative study on Special Economic Zones in China and African countries were presented at the conference.

Source: allafrica.com