The FOCAC(Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) Beijing Summit and the 3rd Ministerial Conference will be held in Beijing from 3 to 5 November, 2006. It will further strengthen the friendly cooperation between China and Africa under the new circumstances.
The creation of FOCAC
In the 21st century, maintaining peace, seeking stability and promoting development have become a shared aspiration of people of all countries. In order to further strengthen the friendly cooperation between China and Africa under the new circumstances, to jointly meet the challenge of economic globalization and to promote common development, and in light of suggestions of some African countries, the Chinese Government made the proposal on the convocation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation---Ministerial Conference Beijing 2000, which was positively responded to by the vast number of African countries.
Characteristics of FOCAC
The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue and a cooperation mechanism between the developing countries, which falls into the category of South-South cooperation. The characteristics of the Forum are as follows:
Pragmatic Cooperation: Its purpose is to strengthen consultation and expand cooperation and its focus is on cooperation.
Equality and Mutual Benefit: It promotes both political dialogue and economic cooperation and trade, with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and common development.
To know more about FOCAC, please visit:
http://www.focac.org/eng/   (English)
http://www.focac.org/fra/   (French)