First South Sudan-China Think Tank Held
On October 25. the first South Sudan-China Think Tank Forum, jointly organized by the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University and the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies in South Sudan, was successfully held in Juba. This is the first academic forum that Chinese scholars joined and hosted with a local Sudanese academic institution since South Sudan's independence in 2011. Focusing on the theme of “enhancing friendship and creating a better future,” the forum looked into 70 years of China-Africa relations and also looked forward to the bright future of China-Africa cooperation, with a focus on three key areas: politics, governance and economy.
The forum was highly supported by the Chinese Embassy and important politicians in South Sudan. The Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning, and the Vice President of the country, James Wani Igga, attended the forum and they each made an opening speech.
The one-day forum attracted more than 100 participants, including Chinese and African officials, scholars, media and others from all walks of life. Participants discussed on important topics related with the construction and development of South Sudan and its cooperation with China, such as infrastructure, education and media cooperation.
Deng Dau Malek, acting Foreign Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of South Sudan, made a closing speech. He acknowledged and praised the success of the forum and emphasized that the government of South Sudan was willing to work with China to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries. Cooperation in areas including facilities, trade, green development, capacity building, health and hygiene, cultural exchanges and peace and security could promote South Sudan-China relations to a higher level.
As the first international think tank forum held in South Sudan since its independence, this meeting has been highly valued in South Sudan. The atmosphere of the meeting was warm, the discussion was enthusiastic, the dialogue was thought-provoking and the influence was extensive. The mainstream media, such as Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, South Sudan National Broadcasting Corporation and Juba Observer, reported on the forum.
Some representatives in the meeting
The Chinese delegation also visited important political figures in South Sudan.