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IWAAS Went to Guinea for Research and Attended the International Seminar of the African Economic and Social Union in Morocco

Date:03/23/2019

IWAAS Went to Guinea for Research and Attended the International Seminar of the African Economic and Social Union in Morocco

  From October 26 to November 2, 2018, He Wenping, Researcher of the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), visited Guinea at the invitation of the delegation of China Economic Social Council, which was led by Zhou Bohua, Vice President of China Economic Social Council, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and then went to Morocco to present the International Seminar of the African Economic and Social Union.

  In Guinea, the delegation held two rounds of talks with President Diallo and other leading members of the Economic and Social Council of Guinea on further strengthening the cooperation between the two councils, and the two sides also exchanged views on the framework of the bilateral cooperation agreement, which would push the relations between the two institutions to a new level.  The delegation also met with Fofana, Ministerial-level Counselor for relations between the Presidential Palace of Guinea and institutions of the Republic of Guinea, Saiko , President of the National Museum of Guinea and Kamara, President of the China-Guinea Friendship Hospital.  All sides made positive comments on China-Guinea bilateral relations, which promoted mutual understanding and traditional friendship.  The delegation also paid a field visit to China International Water and Electric Corporation of China Three Gorges Corporation (TGP), and held discussions with 12 Chinese enterprises on the implementation of the outcomes of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit under the arrangement of the Chinese embassy in Guinea.

  In Rabat, Morocco, the delegation participated in the international seminar on "The Role and Function of the Economic and Social Council and Similar Institutions in Responding to the Challenges of Immigration ", which was held by African Economic and Social Council.  Vice President Zhou Bohua was invited to make a keynote speech on the "Immigration and Security", and other members of the delegation also took an active part in the interactive discussion.  In his speech, Vice President Zhou Bohua illustrated that the concept of "a community with a shared future for mankind" and "a community with a shared future for China and Africa" put forward by President Xi Jinping has pointed out the direction for dealing with the immigration issues.  The root cause of immigration is poverty and uneven economic and social development.  To fundamentally meet the challenges posed by immigration, all the countries must take poverty alleviation and development as the core, address both the symptoms and root causes of the problem, adopt an open and inclusive approach, and make comprehensive and appropriate policies.  Director He Wenping pointed out in the interactive discussion that the fundamental solution to the migration problem lied in the development, poverty alleviation and keeping world peace.  China has built roads and bridges in Africa and helped Africa to develop. Actually, China is addressing the issue of immigration, including the issues of refugees, from the root cause.  From the perspective of security, with the increasing cross-border activities and mutual cooperation between terrorist and extremist organizations, counter-terrorism cooperation and intelligence sharing among countries all over the world, including African countries, also need to be strengthened so as to build a high wall against terrorism and combat the human smuggling and illegal immigration organizations.

  The delegation earnestly implemented the eight central regulations and the spirit of the implementation rules. The visit was rich in content, had its highlights and achieved the expected goals.

Copyright: China-Africa Institute