At the end of the 3rd China – Africa Youth festival in Beijing, China, 177 youth representatives from 48 African countries and the Africa Union signed five initiatives to strengthen ties between China and Africa Youths.
At the Capital Hotel where the ceremony took place, officials from the All- China Youth Federation said that the festival strengthened the existing friendly exchanges and cooperation between youths of China and Africa.
They said China and Africa share a long history of friendship, adding that China is the biggest developing country in the world while the African Continent has the largest number of developing countries.
“We, the youth, represent an important force for promoting development and prosperity in China and Africa in the 21st century” they said.
Charged with the task of building our respective countries and carrying forward the China- Africa friendship, we have the responsibility to enhance the all-round cooperation between the youth of China and Africa, achieve harmonious development for our peoples, and pass on our friendship from generation to generation, they stated.
For this purpose, they said the youth of China and Africa propose the following five initiatives.
The First initiative is to take an active part in China-Africa youth exchanges and cooperation programs to enhance our mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation and carry forward China- Africa friendship for generations to come;
Secondly, to encourage and support active involvement of young entrepreneurs of our respective countries in China- Africa trade and economic cooperation to promote win-win progress and common development of China and Africa;
Thirdly, call on the young people to engage in voluntary services and share experience, and enhance youth cooperation in voluntary work to arouse enthusiasm for national development and social services among the youth in China and African countries.
Fourthly, further step up China- Africa cooperation in human resources development of youth and organize training programs for youth workers to promote the development of the youth in China and Africa, and lay a solid human resources foundation for the ever-lasting China- Africa friendship;
And lastly, vigorously promote exchanges and cooperation between the youth organizations of China and Africa in more extensive areas, including environmental protection, medical and health care, education and employment and dedicate our youth and energy to economic growth, better life of the people and sustainable development.
“We call on all the youth to actively join our ranks in serving as a bridge for people-to-people exchanges between China and Africa, and working hard for the establishment of a harmonious and win –win cooperative partnership between the youth of China and Africa and the advancement of the new type of strategic partnership between China and Africa.
By Abibatu Kamara Just from China