The 12th Meeting of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum (CATTF) took place in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, on May 30-31, focusing on the theme of “Centennial History of China-Africa Rejuvenation and Cooperation.” The forum witnessed the participation of nearly 400 representatives from politics, academia, and business, representing 45 countries, both online and offline.
Former South African President, Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe, stressed the importance of the forum in the current global situation, emphasizing the need for constructive dialogue between China and Africa.
Motlanthe highlighted the shared vision of Africa and China in benefiting all of mankind and their longstanding cooperative relations. He acknowledged the Belt and Road Initiative’s contribution to global development, providing diverse opportunities and robust driving forces for Africa’s sustainable development.
In 2022, the bilateral trade volume between China and Africa reached an impressive $282 billion.
Liu Yuxi, the special representative of the Chinese government on African affairs, emphasized that China-Africa relations have entered a fast-track phase of comprehensive, high-quality development.
In 2022, the bilateral trade volume between China and Africa reached an impressive $282 billion. African agricultural exports to China have experienced positive growth for six consecutive years, solidifying China’s position as Africa’s largest trading partner for 14 consecutive years.
Pierre Gomez, Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Technology of Gambia, lauded China’s cooperative philosophy, stating, “It is better to teach one how to fish rather than give him a fish.
” He praised China’s path to reform, opening-up, and development, considering it a valuable experience for Gambia. Onunaiju Charles, director of the Center for China Studies of Nigeria, echoed similar sentiments, stating that China’s path to modernization serves as a global exemplar, particularly for African countries.
Mwendanga Musengo Desire-Salomo, director of the National Institute of Arts and advisor to the Prime Minister of Congo-Kinshasa, emphasized the need for better understanding and cooperation between Chinese and African people in this new era.
Wang Wen, executive dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University of China, highlighted the incomplete nature of the common historical task shared by China and African countries. He called for long-term strategic mutual understanding, exchanges, and mutual benefits between the two sides.
Global Representatives Gathered Virtually and In-Person for Constructive Dialogue
Wang Heng, chair of the Institute Affairs Committee and vice-president of the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University, stressed the importance of expanding China-Africa think tank cooperation to provide intellectual support for future China-Africa collaborations. He cited the African Union Agenda 2063 and China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035 as key drivers for such expanded cooperation.
CATTF, founded in 2011 by Zhejiang Normal University, operates within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Over the years, CATTF has successfully conducted 12 sessions in China and Africa, facilitating fruitful exchanges and mutual understanding between the two regions.
In summary, the 12th China-Africa Think Tank Forum served as a platform for dialogue, reflection on the historical journey, and exploration of future cooperation between China and Africa. The forum’s discussions centered around mutual benefit, sustainable development, and the need to deepen intellectual collaboration for the continued advancement of China-Africa relations.