Haikou, 18 December 2021 (TDI): China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs hosted the inauguration ceremony of the China-Africa Joint Centers in Haikou, Hainan province.

The ceremony was of the first batch of the Joint Centers for modern agro-technology exchange, demonstration, and training.

The establishment of the Joint Centers will work towards poverty alleviation as well as agricultural development programs. The program was announced by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping at the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Agricultural Development Program

The agricultural development program is one of the nine programs on China-Africa practical cooperation announced by the President. The Joint Centers are part of the first batch and are situated in Jiangsu, Hainan, Shaanxi, and the Sichuan province.

The Joint Centers have unique characteristics in rice planting, dryland farming, tropical crops, sand control, and aquaculture. The centers will target the agricultural development need of Africa. Africa has different conditions and environments in different countries.

Furthermore, the centers will also provide resources to China’s strength in technology, institution, industry, facility, and personnel. In addition, they will represent China-Africa agricultural cooperation contributing to the China-Africa amicable partnership and development.

China is committed to its African allies. From the onset of the pandemic, China has been supplying vaccines to African countries. In the past two weeks, China donated vaccines to Somalia, Niger, Gambia, Cameroon, and Mozambique. China is also providing vaccine assistance to other African countries

China will maintain close communication and collaboration with African members of FOCAC to implement the agreement reached by the leaders of the two sides as well as the measures announced during the conference.