Changsha, 28 September 2021 (TDI): September 26, saw the opening of the Second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, which opened new opportunities for cooperation between China and Africa. According to organizers, the event attracted almost 900 businesses from more than 40 African countries and China over four days. It was held offline and online and themed “New Start, New Opportunities, and New Accomplishments”.

The expo, which is located in Changsha, the capital city of central China’s Hunan Province hosts exhibitions about the fruits of China-African economic collaboration, African brand commodities, and specialty goods such as nuts and coffee. Forums on cooperation in areas like food and agricultural products and financing, infrastructure, and the private sector are also included at the event.

China’s vice minister of commerce, Wang Bingnan, stated at the opening ceremony that China-African trade and economic cooperation is in a crucial stage of transformation, upgrading and improving quality and efficiency. Both countries’ in-depth cooperation at high levels will help promote China and Africa’s market connectivity and share of resources. It will also contribute to stabilizing and facilitating supply chains and building a new development pattern.

Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese diplomat, also addressed the forum. The Chinese MFA Director-General, Department of African Affairs Wu Peng also attended the 2021 China-Africa Private Sector Cooperation Forum.

This expo, which was first launched in 2019, is a significant platform for strengthening economic cooperation between China-Africa and other countries. This year’s expo featured new events to promote African products like coffee and to provide more cost-effective products, as well as perfect and efficient services.