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China-Africa Youth Festival opens in GZ, strengthens friendship

Updated: 2019-09-02 Source:Radio Guangdong's English Service Author:verify
 Recently, the 4th China-Africa Youth Festival (Guangdong) opened in Guangzhou. The event was held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Guangdong Provincial Foreign Affairs Office. More than 200 representatives, including nearly 100 African China-Africa Cooperation Forum youth representatives, representatives from African consulates general from Uganda, Mali, Sudan, Zambia and others, along with almost 60 outstanding young representatives from Guangdong, attended the opening ceremony which was presided over by Chen Qiuyan, director of the Guangdong Provincial Foreign Affairs Office.



 

Zhang Guangjun, deputy governor of Guangdong province, said during a speech that connections and cultural exchanges between Guangdong and Africa are growing closer. As of now, Guangdong has established 12 friendship city ties with eight African countries. A total of 11 African countries have established consulates in Guangzhou, with more than 3,000 students oversees students studying in both Guangdong and Africa. Guangdong has become one of the top choices for Africans looking to conduct business, study, or live in China. At present, China-Africa cooperation is ushering in unprecedented development opportunities, and Guangdong will strengthen its connections with African countries, deepen economic and trade cooperation, expand two-way investment, and promote cultural exchanges.



Artur from Angola, one of the African youths present, is currently working in Foshan after graduating from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Throughout his seven years in China, he has continuously studied Chinese culture and is fluent in Mandarin. Because of this, he has also helped many African youth representatives come to China for the first time to introduce China and help them better understand Chinese culture. 


He Meng, Counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of African Affairs, expressed that the China-Africa Youth Festival is an essential activity under the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum and a positive step forward to promote friendship between Chinese and African People. In 2018, trade between China and Africa exceeded 200 billion US dollars, and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Africa has become an integral part of the construction of the “Belt and Road.” He told a reporter from GRTradio that Guangdong is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up, and that Guangdong enterprises are also pioneers in China-Africa cooperation, which has entered a stage of transformation and upgrading, moving from pure trade to investing and re-establishing factories in Africa. 



Yu Qun, vice chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, said that as an essential supporting activity of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, the China-Africa Youth Association has held three sessions since 2016 and that the 4th China-Africa Youth Festival was held in Beijing and Guangdong, meaning it has far-reaching significance. In the future, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation will continue to work to promote China-Africa friendship ties and build a platform to enable Chinese and African youth to learn from each other, conduct exchanges, and cooperate. 



Yamundow Gai, financial director of the Gambia Radio and Television Service, expressed in an interview that, “these activities should be introduced to more African youth because it is clear that the Chinese government has done a lot to aid Africa. We need to be the messengers of friendly exchanges between the two sides, explain the plans of the Chinese people to African youth, and contribute their strengths to the friendship between China and Africa. 

 

This year’s China-Africa Youth Festival will last for six days and will see African youths visit Guangzhou, Qingyuan, and Shenzhen.