Kenyatta: Sustained Ties with China will Boost Africa’s Dev’t

The changing nature of employment, order occupational patterns, viagra 40mg phenomena of jobless growth, ageing and demographic shifts and automation and technology developments are creating exceptional levels of complexity, according to Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

He added that Africa has certain advantages such as the greatest renewable energy generation potential of any continent and a young population.

Lopes encouraged African states to convert this potential into tangible infrastructure by creating an enabling environment and raising its human capital skills.

This he said during the launch of the Human Development Report 2015 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.

Themed, Work for Human Development, the report calls for decent work, an increased access, particularly by women, to this work and the improvement of the well-being of workers.

The report also alludes to the changed nature of current work; change that is influenced by an aging population and technology.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Haile Mariam Dessalegn said,” Development is about people, more than about producing commodities and accumulating capital. It is about enabling people’s participation and people’s choices such as access to education and resources.”

Speaking to delegates from the African Union Commission, the Economic Commission for Africa, members of the diplomatic corps, UNDP Representatives and other UN agencies, Mr. Dessalegn declared that with the fast growing population in urban areas, there is need for decent jobs and opportunities for the people.
Uganda Cranes stand a chance to win over UgX 1.3 billion (USD 400K)  if they reach the finals of the Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda that kicks off later this month. The team can however double that figure if they can manage to win the championship altogether.


The second and third runners-up or rather the loosing semi finalists will walk home with a cool $250, price 000 (UgX 800M) while those that end in the last eight stage scoop $175, 000 (Ugx 560M).

The teams that fail to leave group stages will be awarded $125,000 (UgX 400M) and $100,000 ( UgX 320 M) depending on the ranking in the group after playing three games.

The figures are based on last edition that was held in South Africa with Libya emerging top after seeing off Ghana in the finals. Definitely, their will be a new champion in Rwanda after Libya failing to qualify for the finals.

Uganda is placed in group  along with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mali.

Chan 2016 groups 
Group A-Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Morocco

Group B-DR Congo, Ethiopia, Angola, Cameroon

Group C-Tunisia, Guinea, Nigeria, Niger

Group D- Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mali.
Sustained strategic partnership with China will help accelerate Africa’s development and contribute to the cause of safeguarding world peace, ampoule President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

He said the mutually beneficial and respectful ties between Africa and China resonated with the 10-point cooperation plan presented by President Xi Jinping at the opening of the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg on Friday.

The President observed that the Chinese leader’s proposal to establish partnership with Africa based on mutual trust at the political front and a win-win cooperation at the economic front was a step in the right direction.

“President Xi was not just all talk. He put $60 billion on the table to back his important statement,” President Kenyatta said.

He added: “China and Africa have the potential to achieve great things together. So let us do them.”

The Head of State spoke on Saturday during the Johannesburg China-Africa summit.

President Kenyatta said the enhanced cooperation with China is also in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which seeks a peaceful, united and prosperous Africa.

“FOCAC is one of the strategic partnerships identified in Agenda 2063 as a key enabler to achieving the development goals of the African continent,” President Kenyatta said.

The President underscored the need to follow the fundamental principles of economy and build a market that is open and dynamic for the benefit of the people of Africa and China.

“Traction for growth is always found in people. The diversity of people in any country must be harnessed to become an engine, and never a distraction, for powerful growth,” President Kenyatta said.

He lauded FOCAC, saying it provided Africa and China a structured channel for closer economic partnership.

“The founders of the partnership had studied the lessons of history; they knew the realities of globalisation; they were moved by the legitimate aspirations of Africa and China’s peoples,” he said.

The President noted that FOCAC has become an important platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism of practical cooperation between China and Africa.

“It has proved a pragmatic partnership, focusing on industrial and financial co-operation, poverty reduction, cultural exchanges and peace and security. It reflects the strength of our fraternal relations, and our commitment to go boldly together into the future,” he said.

Statistics show that in 1965, trade between China and Africa was valued at $250 million. In 2000 when FOCAC was inaugurated, the trade volume shot to $10 billion. In 2014, it exceeded $220 billion.

Even as the cooperation between Africa and China grow to higher levels, President Kenyatta called for its entrenchment, particularly through FOCAC.

He expressed satisfaction that the Action Plan adopted at the summit places significant emphasis on Africa’s industrialization and mechanization.

“Africa rightly focuses on partnerships that develop the skills which will make the most of the opportunities presented by our rapidly growing sectors,” the President said.

He added: “As we develop our future workforce, we must therefore think more broadly about our capacity-based and technological investments that will cement our growth in years to come. But our ultimate goal is to build up our capacity to develop on our own feet.”

President Kenyatta said partnership with China has seen various Chinese companies working on over 80 development projects with a value of approximately $3.5 billion, all aimed at propelling Kenya to higher growth in line its national development blue print – Vision 2030.

“We are thus committed to strengthening the strategic partnership of political equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges. We also recognize that China has been one of our key trading and investment partners,” the President said.

Presidents Xi and Zuma also addressed the meeting that brought together close to 40 African leaders.

Later, President Kenyatta held talks with the President of Huawei Technologies Eastern and Southern Africa region, Li Peng who was accompanied by other senior officials of the company.

The President also met ZTE Corporation Chief Executive Officer Shi Lirong.

The senior officials of the two Chinese companies separately briefed President Kenyatta on the progress of the projects their companies are implementing in Kenya.

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