Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2018

China takes deep pride in stronger partnership with Nigeria – Zhou

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Dr. Zhou Pingjian, 6th from Left and other dignitaries during the event

The People’s Republic of China as the largest developing country in the world takes deep pride in its stronger partnership with Nigeria as the largest developing country in Africa, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian has said.
Ambassador Zhou who made this known on Friday at the Forum on China-Nigeria Production Capacity and Investment Cooperation in Abuja stated that China-Nigeria cooperation is brotherly South-South cooperation between two equals and mutually beneficial.
He said that China is committed to stepping up its cooperation with Nigeria in agriculture, manufacturing, industrial capacity and investment, infrastructure, energy, culture and people-to-people exchanges and other areas.
His words, “As the largest developing country in the world, China takes deep pride in its ever stronger partnership with Nigeria, the largest developing country in Africa. It our firm belief that the China-Nigeria cooperation is brotherly South-South cooperation between two equals and is indeed mutually beneficial. China remains committed to stepping up its cooperation with Nigeria in agriculture, manufacturing, industrial capacity, investment, infrastructure, energy, culture and people-to-people exchanges and other areas”.
Zhou noted that though, Belt and Road Initiative originated from China but now belongs to the world as its open to all countries.
He said that Africa being a natural extension of the Initiative has been an important participant, stressing that the cooperation will generate more resources and means, expand the market, space for African development and broaden its development prospects.
“Five years ago, President Xi proposed the initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The Belt and Road Initiative is open to all countries. Though originating from China, it belongs to the whole world. Africa, being part of the historical and natural extension of the belt and Road, has been an important participant in this initiative.
“The cooperation between China and Africa under the Belt and Road Initiative will generate more resources and means, expand the market and space for African development and broaden its development prospects”.
Zhou said that President Xi is looking forward to participating in the FOCAC Beijing summit with African leaders to discuss plans for the development of China-Africa cooperation so as to improve the well-being of the Chinese and African peoples and promote world peace and development.
He said that with China and Africa joint efforts, the FOCAC Beijing Summit will surely become historic event to strengthen China-Africa solidarity and cooperation.
Zhou noted that FOCAC which started in 2000 was no talk shop as the past 18 years of its existence has seen remarkable progress in China-Africa cooperation across-the-board.
He stated that two-way-trade and China’s total non-financial investment in Africa in 2017 were 17 times and around 100 times that of 2000 which shows China’s contribution to Africa’s economic growth has risen greatly.
He said the follow-up actions and implementation of the outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit have produced fruitful results as expected.
“In Nigeria, the Abuja-Kaduna railway, Africa’s first modern railway with Chinese technology and standards, was commissioned in July 2016. The Abuja rail mass transit project, the first urban railway in West Africa was commissioned in July 2018. Lagos-Ibadan railway broke ground in March 2017. Construction of the Lekki Deep Water Port, the largest port in West Africa and the Zungeru hydropower station, the largest hydropower station in Nigeria, are well under way. In the past year alone, the two sides have concluded concessionary financing arrangements to support five more major projects in Nigeria. Tens of thousands of jobs have been created for Nigerians by projects contracted by Chinese enterprises or partly financed by the Chinese side”.
“The list could go on and on. The remarkably deepened political mutual trust, robust bilateral trade and investment relations, Naira/RMB currency swap, strong Made-in-Nigeria with China Initiative, flourishing Ogun, Guangdong and Lake Free Trade Zones, offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) delivery, emergency food aid, agricultural demonstration parks and two week ago, Anthony Ebuka Ekwensi, a Nigerian student from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) was crowned the African champion at the the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China”.
Also speaking, Chairman House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Nigeria-China Relations, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub said that Nigeria values its relation with China which explains its active participation in the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
Yakub said the Johannesburg Summit in 2015 opened a new chapter for China-Nigeria relations with the signing of 10 cooperation areas as an outcome of the meeting maintaining that China has demonstrated its sincerity and commitment to the full implementation of the outcomes of the FOCAC Summit.
He said China-Nigeria relations have attained an enviable height and has become a pace setter for other developing nations in the world.
Yakub stressed the need to sustain the momentum, scale up the heights of the achievements and refine the vision of the future cooperation of both nations.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Bello who was represented by the Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mr. Jubrin said the event wouldn’t have come at a better than this given the fact that China Company recently handed over the Light Rail project to Nigeria government and currently helping FCT Authority to get funding from China’s EXIM Bank for water project in the territory.
Bello while urging the participants to use the forum to exchange ideas informed that China recently donated 2-classrooms to China Model School, Nyanya which is situated in the outskirt of the territory.

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