São Tomé and Príncipe Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada will head the archipelago’s delegation to the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) to be held in Beijing from 3 to 4 September, the Chinese ambassador to São Tomé, Wang Wei confirmed on Thursday.
The Chinese diplomat revealed that following meetings with the government it was agreed that the São Tomé and Príncipe delegation will be present at the meeting for the first time and will be led by Trovoada.
Wang Wei said the presence of São Tomé and Príncipe in Beijing will be an opportunity for the country to set out its priorities in bilateral cooperation with China.
The ambassador said he believed that “the new cooperation measures to be announced by President Xi Jinping during the forum will bear fruit and benefit all African countries including São Tomé and Príncipe.”
The new measures to be adopted within the framework of the forum will be bilateral based on the needs and priorities of each member state, explained the Chinese diplomat.
Established 18 years ago, the China-Africa Cooperation Forum has achieved, “fruitful results and has become a significant instrument in China-Africa cooperation,” he added.
In addition to the leaders of African states with which China has diplomatic relations with the exception of Swaziland, the ambassador also noted the special presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN and the president of the African Union as well as more than 20 international organisations.
China and São Tomé and Príncipe re-established diplomatic relations in December 2016. (macauhub)