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Mr. Yan Xiusheng, Counselor and Charge d' Affaires a. i. of the Chinese Embassy, attends the China-Africa Communications Conference
2012/07/23

On July 23, Mr. Yan Xiusheng, Counselor and Charge d' Affaires a. i. of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, attended the China-Africa Communications Conference at  Multimedia University College, and delivered a key-note speech (the full text is attached). Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication of Kenya, Prof. Hu Zhengrong, Vice President of Communication University of China, and representatives from Daystar University and Multimedia University College of Kenya were also present and delivered speeches. The Conference will be held from July 23 to 25, with the theme of "Breaking the Ice: China-Africa Communication in a Global Setting".

Mr. Yan Xiusheng delivers a key-note speech

Dr. Bitange Ndemo delivers a speech

 

Group photo

 

Speech by Counselor and Charge d' Affaires a. i. of the Chinese Embassy, Yan Xiusheng,

at the China-Africa Communications Conference

(23rd July, 2012, Multimedia University College Mbagathi, Nairobi)

 

Your Excellency, Hon. Stephen Musyoka, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya,

Hon. Samuel Poghisio,Minister for Information and Communication,

Hon. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication,

Prof. Hu Zhengrong, Vice President, Communication University of China,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to attend this opening ceremony for the China-Africa Communications Conference. I wish to thank all the distinguished guests for honoring us with their personal presence at this function. I would also like to express my warm congratulations to the Communication University of China and Daystar University for this partnership. I wish you all great success in your undertakings.

This is the first conference of its kind to bring together communication scholars from China and Africa and the rest of world to discuss and share experiences and create partnerships for future collaboration. The Chinese Embassy in Kenya is proud to be associated with this event, and I want to assure the organizers and participants that you have our full support. China is committed to fostering and forging close collaboration with African countries in various areas, the communications sector included.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The past decade has witnessed a significant growth of China-Africa relations. Since the inception of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000, significant progress and fruitful achievements have been made. Political mutual trust and solidarity between China and the African Countries has deepened steadily, with practical cooperation in economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, international affairs and other fields ascending to a level that has never seen before.

Today, China is one of Africa's best friends and the largest trade partner. The friendship between China and the African Countries is based on sincerity, political equality and economic win-win cooperation and solidarity for common development. China has offered aid to African countries without any political strings attached. China has also invested heavily in Africa to promote its economic and social development. We focus on concrete programmes such as infrastructure, livelihood projects, education, healthcare, etc. China's investment to Africa, especially that in infrastructure, has seen an impressive list that includes roads, railways, schools, hospitals, telecommunication, clean energy and technology. China has built over 100 schools, 30 hospitals, 30 anti-malaria centers and 20 agricultural technology centers in Africa among other projects in the past three years under the framework of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Investment is an important part of China-Africa economic cooperation. The Chinese government has all along encouraged and supported greater investments by Chinese companies in Africa. It has taken measures to guide these efforts and they include: providing concessional loans, establishing the China-Africa Development Fund and setting up economic and trade cooperation zones in Africa. These measures have served as effective incentives. China's trade with and investment in Africa have been expanding fast. China has been Africa's largest trading partner for the last three consecutive years. Last year, our two way trade reached 166.3 billion U.S dollars, three times the figure in 2006. Chinese cumulative direct investment in Africa exceeded 15 billion U.S dollars, with investment products covering 50 African countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With each passing day, the future of China-Africa cooperation shines brighter. The 5th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC was held from July 19 to 20 in Beijing. In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 5th Ministerial Conference, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced on behalf of the Chinese government that China will offered 20 billion US dollars in loans to African countries over the next three years. This has doubled the amount offered for the previous three year period. The new loans will help support infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and development of small and medium sized business in Africa. President Hu also pledged to continue to expand aid to Africa, so that the benefits of development can be realized by the African people.

Since the establishment of FOCAC, Kenya has been an active member and contributed greatly to the development of China-Africa relations. China regards Kenya as an important development partner. This year alone, Kenya and China have concluded 16 bilateral agreements. As a gateway to the region and an ideal base for Chinese investors to expand in the region, Kenya has become an important investment destination for Chinese companies.

We are very happy to know that the recent arrival of sub-marine cables has enhanced Kenya's connectivity to the rest of the world with high internet use and widespread access to the web through mobile phones. Technological advancement and regulatory restructuring have transformed the telecommunications industry and made Kenya a regional hub of information and communication attracting foreign interest and investment. Kenya is also at an advanced laying infrastructure in readiness to the switching from analog to digital TV transmission by end of 2012.

These developments have attracted many Chinese communications and media companies like Huawei technologies, ZTE Corporation, Star Times Media among others to establish their operations in Africa. Huawei has signed an MOU with Safaricom in collaboration with three Kenyan Universities in a deal aimed at bridging the knowledge divide in Kenya's telecommunication industry and enhance innovation with local talents. Star Times, which has successfully established its business in over 10 countries in Africa, is to set up its African headquarters in Nairobi in a few days. The Chinese government encourages this kind of cooperation in communications to improve services to the people of Africa for a better future.

Media is also an important avenue in the promotion of the friendship between the Chinese people and the African people. For this reason, Chinese media organizations with a global audience have established their operations in Africa. The four major state media, namely China Central Television, Xinhua, China Radio International, China Daily, have all established operations in Africa with their headquarters in Nairobi. They have managed to portray the true picture of Africa to the Chinese people and the real China to the African people. The Chinese people have gained a better understanding of African people's achievements in the economic, social and cultural development and the African people have discovered the beauty and hospitality of the Chinese people. This is the only way that we can ensure that our friendship and cooperation will bring opportunities to the citizens of our countries to achieve their full potential.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters as we are a united front against our development challenges for our common prosperity. I believe that, with our joint efforts, our strategic partnership will lead us to a better future for all.

Thank you! Asante Sana!

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