China: Beijing send farming and medical specialists to Mozambique

20 November 2007

Beijing, China, 20 Nov – Around one hundred Chinese specialists and young volunteers are to travel to Mozambique to provide agricultural, medical and educational services, the Chinese state press reported Tuesday.

The group will take part in aid programs in around 30 African countries and includes, amongst others, 58 rural development specialists and 16 malaria specialists, according to official Chinese news agency New China.

The visit is part of the cooperation activities between China and Africa, that the Chinese president Hu Jintao announced in Beijing in November 2006, during the head of state and government summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

As part of the Chinese cooperation program for Africa, in 2006 China cancelled millions of dollars of debt owed by 28 African countries and pledged to provide US$5 billion in preferential loans to the continent, as well as academic and professional training to 15,000 African workers.

The plan also includes greater openness of the Chinese market to African products and construction of five areas of economic cooperation in Africa.

Cape Verde hopes to house one of China’s five Special Economic Areas in Africa.

Bilateral trade between China and Africa totaled US$52.3 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to figures from the Chinese trade ministry. (macauhub)