President Kenyatta arrives in Beijing to attend China-Africa Summit

Government officials bid farewell to President Uhuru Kenyatta at JKIA as he departs for Beijing on Friday

"China-Africa cooperation under the BRI is a way to common prosperity that brings benefits to both our peoples". [Consultation Mechanism] As prescribed in the Program for China-Africa Cooperation in Economic and Social Development, adopted at the 2000 Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, China and Africa agreed to set up joint follow-up mechanisms to conduct regular evaluations on the implementation of the follow-up actions.

Focac is a multilateral platform for exchange and cooperation, covering various aspects of politics, trade, economy and culture.

Ramaphosa said the Sino-African relationship was "premised on the right of African people to determine their own future [towards] an Africa we want, where the guns would have been silenced and all its people live in peace and security".

Dr Moyo said this meant relations between the two had reached a level of corporate and financial trust that made Harare and Beijing close partners in development, economic cooperation and multilateral affairs. He thanked China for its massive support.

China has used previous summits to announce big financing commitments to the continent, but this year's forum has added weight, given mounting scepticism in the West about Beijing's global ambitions. He also flagged a China-Africa "green envoys programme" that would muscle Africa's capacity for environmental management, pollution prevention and control, as well as green development.

"For three years, cooperation between China and Africa has deepened and political mutual trust promoted", said Li Dan. The focus will be on political and economic cooperation, social development cooperation, cultural and people exchanges, peace and security, and worldwide cooperation.

Xi's announcement followed China's decision to contribute $60 billion in investments three years ago, the news agency reported.

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His new offer to Africa included an exemption on debt owed to the country by African states that was due to expire this year.

Cooperation under the initiative, which certainly goes beyond infrastructure, is expected to be a major topic of the upcoming FOCAC summit.

The Chinese President promised to strengthen bilateral cooperation across various fields, especially those outlined in the Liberian government's National Development Agenda, focusing on infrastructure development, poverty-reduction, health, agriculture, and education. A large number of Africa's priority Focac projects have either been completed or are under way. This, he said, would help African countries in infrastructure planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance, particularly in the sectors of railways, roads, regional aviation, ports, electricity and telecommunications.

The government and the Bank of China have entered into a trade agreement that will see the Chinese making investments to the tune of $1.1-billion (R15-billion) in special economic zones and industrial parks in South Africa.

He pointed out that energy, transport, telecommunications and tapping cross-border water resources would be on China's radar in the next phase of Africa's infrastructural forays.

"It's hard to think of any country in Africa that has not been touched by China", he said, adding that China rejects the claim of "debt-trap diplomacy".

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