China Pledges to Continue Supporting Africa in Socio-Economic Dev’t

20 Mar 2017
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Addis Ababa  March 20/2017 China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi said his country will continue supporting socio-economic development in Africa.

President Mulatu Teshome and China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi held discussion today about ways of further strengthening the relationship between their two countries.

Following the discussion with the president, State Councilor Jiechi told journalists that China for one will continue to support the integration of Africa.

He said “this great continent has a lot of opportunities for growth; but it is also confronted with challenges.”

“We discussed how to further push forward the relationship of Ethiopia and China to make sure that this comprehensive strategic partnership achieves more and even greater results”, Jiechi stated.

President Mulatu pointed out about the need to strengthen the socio-economic situation in his country, including education, health and affordable housing as well as infrastructural development that need assistance from China.

Chinese companies and investments are flowing to Africa in general and to Ethiopia in particular in areas of infrastructural development and other investment areas, he added.

The two sides have also discussed about ways of encouraging investment in Ethiopia. 

The One Belt, One Road Forum to be held in May 2017 in China is expected to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between China and Africa. 

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