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Africa, China to achieve greater strides

Africa and China are bound to achieve greater strides in the health sector through dialogue and identifying opportunities for strengthened future cooperation.

Minister of Health, Dr John Seakgosing said this during the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Collaboration official dinner on Monday.

The minister said he was convinced that through joint efforts, Africa and China could achieve Millennium Development Goals related to health.

He expressed confidence  that the discussants would comprehensively deliberate key topics highlighted for the conference and seek opportunities to further collaborate in the areas of human resources for health, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, eradication of schistosomiasis, malaria control and immunization amongst others.

He expressed hope that the conference would come up with concrete proposals on the way forward in order to enhance future collaboration.

Dr Seakgosing applauded the initiative taken by pharmaceutical companies to engage each other and create opportunities that would pave the way for future collaboration as well as assist in building strategic partnerships for the benefit of both countries and their people.

He said Africa continued to note with satisfaction the commitment displayed by the Chinese government in intensifying support for development in Africa.

The Chinese government has consolidated its assistance and support to Africa through launching the forum on China-Africa (FOCAC) which covers extended areas of cooperation, including health, infrastructure development, education, science and technology, agriculture, and  food security amongst others.

He stated that as they celebrate the 50th anniversary, which coincides with the 50th golden jubilee marking the establishment of the OAU/AU, he wished the China-Africa collaboration success and meaningful cooperation. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Thandy Tebogo

Location : Gaborone

Event : International Roundtable on China-Africa Collaboration

Date : May 07 Tue,2013


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