Digital Economy and Green Development will be among areas of focus at FOCAC 2021 in Senegal, China´s Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao said.
Wu Jianghao spoke on November 5 at the First China-Africa BDS Cooperation Forum in Beijing, attended by more than 600 representatives from China and nearly 50 African countries, as well as relevant departments of the African Union (AU) Commission, universities, enterprises and associations.
The Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held in Senegal soon. “China and Africa will further build consensus, raise China-Africa cooperation to a new level and take the path of sustainable development with a focus on such key areas as health, production capacity cooperation, infrastructure, trade and investment, digital economy, green development, peace and security, and capacity building”, according to a statement by China´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs about Wu´s address.
“China is willing to work with African members of FOCAC to step up preparations for the conference and inject new impetus into the development of China-Africa relations”, the MFS statement reads.
The China-Africa BDS Cooperation Forum is a newly established sub-forum within the framework of FOCAC.
Wu Jianghao said in his speech that BDS cooperation, an important part of China-Africa digital cooperation, helps with information-enabled economic and social development and promotes integrative development of digital technology and real economy.
The China-Africa BDS Cooperation Forum is expected to build an open and inclusive cooperation platform for China-Africa BDS cooperation and will also allow relevant Chinese institutions and enterprises to increase understanding of the development potential of satellite navigation in Africa, promote more active exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.
With the theme of “Innovation, Cooperation, Openness and Sharing”, the forum was jointly organized by the China Satellite Navigation System Administration Office, the China National Space Administration, the Secretariat of the Chinese FOCAC Follow-up Committee, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications of Senegal, and the Department of AU Commission for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.