China-Africa Think Tank in Beijing
On August 26, organized by the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University (IASZNU), guided by the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and sponsored by the China-Africa Institute and the China Institute of International Studies, the eighth meeting of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF) had its opening ceremony in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Ambassadors from 45 African countries, government officials from 51 African countries, think tank scholars, representatives of news media, representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of well-known domestic think tanks, and business representatives—nearly 400 people in total—attended the meeting. The representatives of China's and Africa's think tanks conducted in-depth discussions on the topic of “Fully Implementing the Follow-up on the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation,” and they put forth suggestions on how to build a China-Africa community around a shared future.
Professor Jiang Guojun, secretary of the Party Committee of Zhejiang Normal University, presides over the opening ceremony and delivers a welcome speech. (Photographed by Zhang Junrong)
The CATTF was founded in 2011 by the IASZNU. In 2012, it formally became a part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. From then on, it has been a fixed mechanism for China-Africa civil dialogue. With the tenets of “NGO Initiative, Government Support, Frank Dialogue, and Consensus Building,” the forum is held annually in China and Africa by turns. It is a key platform for the academic circles and think tanks of China and Africa to jointly promote comprehensive cooperation between China and Africa. This forum also offers wisdom on protecting the intellectual rights of the developing countries. (By Zhang Junrong – Chinese Social Sciences Net, translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)