China-Africa Institute officially inaugurated in Beijing

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political bureau of the communist Party of China (CPC)

Central Committee and the director of the office of foreign affairs

Commission of the CPC Central Committee speaking

during the inaugural ceremony

By Morris Dogga in Beijing

An institute to enhance mutual learning and research work between China and Africa was officially inaugurated in Beijing on Tuesday.

The establishment of the China-Africa Institute was part of the People-to-people exchange of the eight major initiative announced by the Chinese  President Xi Jinping in 2018 during the Beijing summit on the Forum for China-Africa cooperation (FOCAC).

The institute which will operate under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Science aims at enhancing learning between China and Africa and to strengthen exchanges of experience in Governance and development.

It seeks to provide intellectual and Talent support for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) construction collaboration to build closer China-Africa community with shared future.

Speaking during the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday Yang Jiechi said the institute will focus on four aspects and functions as a platform to actively engage academic exchange between China and Africa.

He said the institute will also deepen the mutual understanding and to promote people-to-people communications; research based to organize collaborative research programs to facilitate China-Africa cooperation on the BRI.

Yang further added that it will be a hub to gather talents and train high–end professionals for China-Africa cooperation.

“The institute will support Chinese and African scholars to conduct exchanges and cooperation in forms of collaborative research projects, exchange of visits, seminars and training programs.” He said.

Policy analyst and researcher, Abraham A. Awolich, the acting executive director of the SUDD Institute who attended the opening session said the new institute will deepen research between China and South Sudan on various areas.

“My hope is that this institute from the perspective of South Sudan would encourage our researchers and Chinese researchers to work on a joint research projects especially in areas of infrastructure development, cultural cooperation between China and South Sudan and other related issues such as Agricultural development and educational development,” he told Juba Monitor in Beijing after the opening session.

“It is putting the policy of China and Africa cooperation into practice through changes of ideas and cultural views.”

According to Yang, the institute will support research on Key areas of Infrastructure Construction, economic and trade cooperation; Poverty reduction in the benefit of the people, Ecological and Environmental Protection, Peace and Security; mutual learning between Civilizations.

The opening session was attended by participants from over 40 African Countries and International institutions and representatives from the African Union.

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