President Omer Hassan Al Bashir will lead his country’s delegation to the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) that will kick off in Beijing tomorrow
The summit, expected to bring together top officials from 51 African nations, will be held under the theme "China and Africa: toward an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation".
The 3rd FOCAC summit will also witness the participation of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Secretary-General of the United Nations and 27 regional and international organizations.
A current roadmap for China-Africa cooperation in the new era is one eagerly awaited outcome of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
This year is the third time the summit has convened, following the inaugural 2006 summit in Beijing and the 2015 summit in Johannesburg.
The interest in the forum is a result of China’s growing influence on the African continent and proves the FOCAC has been pragmatic and efficient.
Established 18 years ago, FOCAC has led international cooperation with Africa and has become a significant marker of South-South cooperation.
The summit will conclude with the signing of a declaration and an action plan, providing guidelines for China-Africa cooperation for the next three years.
The documents are expected to build on the outcomes of the Johannesburg summit, during which Xi announced 10 major cooperation plans to promote industrialization and agricultural modernization in Africa. Most of the plans have been implemented.
For three years, cooperation between China and Africa has deepened and political mutual trust promoted.
It is expected that the Beijing summit will offer a more comprehensive plan that reflects the new situation.
The fundamental goal of China-Africa cooperation is building a closer China-Africa community with a shared future. This will be a priority in the next phase of cooperation.
FOCAC is a proven, effective platform for pragmatic China-Africa cooperation, and the Belt and Road Initiative is an important public good China is offering to the world. Combining the two will help the China-Africa relationship take a major leap forward and elevate cooperation.