China says to maintain support to Africa despite global uncertainty


CHINA will continue to support Tanzania and Africa as a whole despite reversing growth projection amid global economic uncertainty.

The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of the Fifth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress, which is traditionally held in March that China would keep its pledge to support Africa despite global headwinds.

He said China had demonstrated its commitment by providing a big chunk of the aid package announced by President Xi Jinping during the sixth Forum of China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in late 2015 in South Africa. President Xi pledged to provide 60 billion US dollar package to Africa in various projects, mainly infrastructure.

The minister said that with over a year since the summit was held the implementations of the same projects were well in advance. “China and Africa cooperation is mutual and healthy between two brothers…, no matter how the international situations are…China will continue support Africa,” Mr Wang said.

The Foreign Minister named the projects, most in East Africa, as Kenya’s standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, Tanzania’s port construction, Ethiopia and Djibouti railway project. “….

The integrated port development in Tanzania and [also] progresses have been made in building number of industries across Africa,” he said responding to 'Daily News' question.

During his visit to Tanzania early this year, the FM assured the country of at least 200 factories launching in the next three years with China's support. The move will boost Tanzania's efforts to build an industrial nation.

In a meeting with his counterpart in Tanzania, Dr Augustine Mahiga, they discussed about other infrastructure projects of which China has pledged itself to support Tanzania.

The talks, among others, centered on improvement of Tanzania- Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), construction of Bagamoyo Port and the central railway line. Mr Wang also, spoke about the coming of The Belt and Road Initiative summit which will be held in Beijing in May where about 1,000 leaders, most at ministerial level set to participate.

China is the second largest investor and trading partner with Tanzania.

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