|Jinhua-Africa Cooperation Strengthens|
On the morning of September 26, with the theme of “Zhejiang-Africa Cooperation Strengthens in Hunan and Achieves a Better Future,” the Belt and Road Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference, hosted by the Zhejiang Government and organized by the Zhejiang Department of Commerce, was held in Changsha, Hunan. More than 200 representatives from Zhejiang-Africa joint ventures and 40 African businessmen working in China gathered in Changsha to discuss issues in economic and trade cooperation between Zhejiang and Africa, and make plans for China-Africa development. Shao Guoqiang, deputy mayor of Jinhua, also participated in the conference to introduce Jinhua’s economic, trade, and cultural exchanges with Africa and the general situation of the 2021 China (Zhejiang) China-Africa Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Week and China-Africa Economic and Trade Forum.
In recent years, Jinhua has further strengthened cooperation and exchanges with Africa. Since Africa is the largest export market for Jinhua, Jinhua-Africa cooperation continues to be a pace-setter for the rest of the country. Jinhua’s investment projects in Africa have been increasing year by year, and the main investment industries include wholesale, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, and fishery.
In terms of cooperation in teaching and research, the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University is the first comprehensive African research institution at a domestic university. Jinhua’s vocational education to African students is also at the forefront of the country. In addition, Jinhua has 10 sister cities in 7 African countries and has carried out various forms of exchanges and cooperation in various fields.
Since 2018, Jinhua has held the China-Africa Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Week and China-Africa Economic and Trade Forum for three consecutive years, building an interactive platform for economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between Jinhua and African countries, allowing more and more African government officials, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, and buyers to become more familiar with Jinhua.
The China-Africa Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Week and China-Africa Economic and Trade Forum held in Jinhua in November this year will adopt an online + offline model, focusing on economic and trade cooperation and promoting China-Africa non-governmental cultural exchanges. There will be seven cooperation forums, one economic and trade negotiation activity, five cultural exchange activities, and four exhibitions. (By Luo Yi, translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)