|Sino-African Cooperation: Together for a New Era|
The friendship between China and Africa is well-established, dating back in history over 2000 years, when the maritime Silk Road connected China to the African continent. Such history evolved until the 21st century when, under a comprehensive strategic cooperation, China and Africa set foot in a new era together, aiming to achieve mutual development. In 2018, at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, President Xi Jinping proposed to establish a Sino-African community with a shared destiny.
The same year, at the Zhejiang Province Opening-Up Conference, it was indicated that Jinhua would become a demonstrative area for the economic, trading, and cultural cooperation and exchanges between China and Africa. The local digital economy, service economy, retail sales network of e-commerce, and express delivery business volume are at the forefront nationally. In addition, five industrial clusters of 100bn-RMB output—network information economy; advanced equipment manufacturing; health and bio-pharmaceuticals; film and television, culture, and fashion; and leisure and tourism—are showing constant signs of rapid development.
Jinhua is also the world’s largest circulation center of small commodities and the third largest distribution center for the hardware industry. Many products made in China originate from here to reach the world. Jinhua brings together a number of opening-up platforms, including two comprehensive bonded areas (Jinyi and Yiwu), and the brand-new Jinyi Pilot Free Trade Zone of the Zhejiang FTZ. Through the two major thoroughfares of the China Railway Express and the Yiwu-Ningbo-Zhoushan Corridor, goods from Jinhua reach up to 34 countries and territories around the world, making Jinhua a major platform for global cooperation along the Belt and Road.
In order to help Jinhua-based companies enter the African market, the Jinhua Council for the Promotion of International Trade established liaison offices in five African countries: South Africa, Tanzania, Angola, Gabon, and Nigeria. In 2019, Jinhua newly introduced five investment plans in Africa, totaling an investment amount of over 37 million USD.
In Rwanda and Ethiopia, the eWTP Yiwu Global Innovation Center is up and running. In Uganda, a public bonded warehouse owned by Jinhua companies was officially opened and is operating. In Algeria, homes, schools, and shopping malls are being built by Jinhua companies. In Nigeria and Zambia, small hydropower projects designed and built by Jinhua companies have lit thousands of households. In Angola, investments from Jinhua companies are funding farming projects.
In 2019, Jinhua’s exports to Africa reached 75.53 bn RMB, 5.3% of the national trade with Africa and 33.0% of Zhejiang’s exports to Africa. Jinhua also has particularly friendly relationships with nine cities in various African countries. An increasing number of Africans are choosing Jinhua for business, work, and studies, enabling Jinhua to become a crucial center for exchanges between China and Africa.
Located in Jinhua, Zhejiang Normal University has engaged in cultural and educational studies on Africa for a long time, which has brought about the establishment of the African Museum, the African translation center, and training bases for aid for foreign countries, as well as a number of Confucius Institutes in Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Africa. ZNU’s Institute of African Studies is the first comprehensive African research institution at Chinese university and has become a national think tank on African issues with wide influence.
Jinhua Polytechnic is national model vocational college. In 2017, the school founded an overseas subsidiary in Rwanda and has trained 3644 students in the fields of IT, food processing, and other vocational skills. The school aims to promote vocational education concepts and teaching models in Africa.
Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College has enrolled over 3000 African students from more than 30 countries. The school aims to open entrepreneurship courses suitable for African students, including a variety of cultural activities, to build a cultural bridge between China and Africa and form a class of African students who understand China, and interact actively with Yiwu and its international trade market.
Jinhua has become an important partner of Africa, as demonstrated by the Jinhua China-Africa Cultural Cooperation Exchange Week and the China-Africa Economic and Trade Forum, which have held two consecutive sessions, bringing about rewarding results. Today, we are once again gathered together to share friendship, cooperation, and the future. (By Jinhua Radio and Television Media editor, Shen Huan; translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Kendra Fiddler)
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