China vows to hold Africa’s hand through the pandemic
- Africa to benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine from China
The virtual summit was hosted by China, South Africa and Senegal.
|President Xi Jinping of China has today pledged unwavering support to African countries as the plague continues to wreck havock on the continent.
Mr Jinping said that his country will attenuate the impact of COVID19 by providing technical and material support needed to defeat the virus in Africa.
Speaking during an extra-ordinary China-Africa Summit on solidarity against COVID-19, President Xi said “China will never waver in its pursuit for greater solidarity with Africa”.
He urged African leaders to stick together in upholding multilateralism and oppose the politicization and stigmatization of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How China will ameliorate the impact of Coronavirus on the continent
- Debt relief in line with the G20 moratorium and the FOCAC framework
President Xi said China’s support for Africa during the current health crisis will include debt relief in line with the G20 moratorium and the FOCAC framework.
- Construction of the Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) headquarters
Also top of the Chinese help for Africa will be the fast tracking of the construction of the Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) headquarters and support for projects aimed at enhancing intra-Africa connectivity.
- Strengthen value chains on the continent
Inorder to aid African economies recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic, the Chinese leader said his government will support programmes aimed at strengthening value chains on the continent.
- Import COVID-19 vaccine drugs into the continent
President Xi assured African leaders that his government will ensure Africa is among the first to benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine once it is rolled out.
President Kenyatta, who attended the summit in his capacity as a member of the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State and Government gave his vote of thanks on behalf of the continent.
“I wish to thank the Chinese government for the swift response to provide Kenya and the rest of the continent with medical supplies including testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and pharmaceuticals to help us fight, not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the locust invasion,” President Kenyatta said.
|South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the current Chairperson of the African Union while Senegal’s Macky Sall is the Co-Chairperson of the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC).