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IASZNU Holds China-Africa Symposium
Post Time: 09/05/2018

2018 is the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). In September, the 2018 FOCAC will be held in Beijing. Accordingly, the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University (IASZNU) will organize the 7th session of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum this year.

       On March 26, in order to prepare for the coming think tank forum, IASZNU arranged a symposium on China-Africa economic and trade cooperation. Scholars of African Studies were invited to analyze the current economic situation in Africa, and to discuss the new opportunities and challenges for China-Africa economic and trade cooperation in the new era. The symposium was presided over by Professor Liu Hongwu, Changjiang Scholar and dean of the IASZNU.

       During the symposium, Professor Liu pointed out that one of the key tasks for IASZNU this year is the strategic research and policy advice for the 2018 FOCAC. The promotion of China-Africa economic and trade cooperation is the main demand of this new age, especially with the trend of deglobalization and the trade war against China in the US and some other western countries. Therefore, it is of great significance to strengthen the cooperation between China and Africa. After a decade of development, IASZNU has become a platform for academic research and think tanks. In the next decade, IASZNU will be more specific in different countries, regions and fields in African Studies, building a complete and multi-dimensional academic system. He encouraged the scholars who attended to discuss the current situation and problems in China-Africa economic and trade issue, and give inspiring opinions and suggestions.
       Attending scholars include Dr. Jin Shuiying, director of the Financial Management Consultation and Research Center of Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) and deputy director of the Department of Finance and Accounting of the College of Economics and Management of ZNU; Dr. Sun Zhina, Dr. Liu Ailan, Dr. Wang Xia, Dr. Zhang Qiaowen and Dr. Huang Yupei from the College of Economics and Management and the China-Africa International Business School of ZNU; Associate Professor Zhang Zhe, director of the Center for African Economic Studies of IASZNU; Dr. Ehizuelen Michael Mitchell Omoruyi, executive director of the Center for Nigeria Studies of IASZNU; Dr. Hodan Osman Abdi, executive director of the Center for East Africa Studies of IASZNU, deputy director of the Center for African Film and Television Studies of IASZNU; and Dr. Lei Wen, secretary-general of the Chinese Center for African Anthropological Studies of IASZNU.
       Dr. Jin Shuiying points out that China’s high-speed rail technology has not only promoted the construction of modern railways, infrastructure construction and local economic development in African countries, but also driven the export of machinery, equipment, technology and supporting services in China.

Dr. Wang Xia’s opinion is about the African Free Trade Area and the structure of China's export to Africa. She stresses the important roles the state systems and the infrastructure in African countries have played in the exports of China’s manufacturing industry.
       Dr. Sun Zhina approaches the effect of the trend of economic integration in Africa on current international trade. He thinks that we need to explore new modes of cooperation on China-Africa economics and trade.
       Dr. Liu Ailan states that cultural and institutional influence of African countries on China-Africa economic and trade development cannot be ignored, and we should focus on the impact on China's exports to Africa due to cultural and institutional differences.
       Dr. Zhang Zhe analyzes the status quo of African economics and trade from the aspect of trade and investment. She believes that infrastructure is a key area for cooperation between China and Africa, and that minerals and new energy are new areas.
       Dr. Huang Yupei believes that with the gradual progress of the Belt and Road and the organization of FOCAC, we should pay attention to the sustainability issue of China-Africa economic and trade, so as to help African countries to enhance their economy, regional integration, and capacity building.
       Dr. Michael from Nigeria proposes an infrastructure resource exchange model. Infrastructure is an enabler of economic growth. China’s infrastructure construction in Africa has improved Africa’s transportation network and electricity supply, creating a more favorable business environment.
       Dr. Hodan from Somalia introduces two investigations conducted on Somalia during the winter holidays. She found that one of the direct effects of China-Africa economic and trade cooperation is poverty reduction, which improves the lives of local people. (Translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Cristina Bonacin)

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