The African-European High-Level Forum was held in Vienna, Austria, on the 18th local time. Concerned about Chinas influence in Africa and the issue of immigration, the EU signed a number of memorandums of cooperation with the AU during the Forum and pledged to provide substantial loans to Africa. While emphasizing the strengthening of European-African relations, EU leaders also said that Europe should not cede Africa to China and accused China of providing support to Africa, which has plunged many African countries into huge debts. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on the 19th that no African country is in debt difficulties because of its cooperation with China. Relevant parties should do their part and increase their support for Africas economic development.
Austrias Newspaper reported on the 19th that the forum focused on the potential of digitization and investment cooperation. As a result of the refugee problem, many EU leaders did not attend, and only 13 EU leaders and heads of Member States attended. Only seven of the 25 African delegates are national leaders. Nevertheless, the economic community was very active, with about 800 representatives of European and African enterprises participating. The EU pledged to African delegates that, in addition to development assistance, it would increase investment in African countries and promote economic cooperation. The main contents of the memorandum of cooperation signed by the EU and the AU include the agreement of the European Commission to provide about 75 million euros in credit support to African SMEs, and the commitment of the European Investment Bank to provide about 500 million euros in loans for investment in Africa.
Austrian Prime Minister Kurtz, the rotating presidency of the European Union, said at the meeting that any country, including China, has the right to invest in Africa, but he stressed the need for fair competition. He pointed out that although China invested far more in Africa than in Europe, Europe should not give up Africa to China, and called on European countries to increase investment in Africa. Kurtz said that in terms of development cooperation, the EU is the worlds largest donor, accounting for more than 50% of global development cooperation. For Africa, the EU should increase economic cooperation and investment.
In his speech, European Commission President Juncker said that Europe needs Africa, Africa needs Europe, and in the future, an equal partnership must be established on the basis of shared responsibility. The EU must pay more attention to investment and trade policies and encourage European enterprises to invest in Africa. When he talked about the late start of European investment in Africa, which was not as good as Chinas, he suddenly said that in many cases, Chinas support for Africa had plunged many African countries into huge debts. Juncker said that this is not the case in Euro-African relations. We are doing better in this regard.
In response to the EUs goodwill, President Kagame of Rwanda, Chairman-in-Office of the AU, said that Europe and Africa should now establish a new reciprocal relationship, and that Europes views on the African continent need to be changed. In response to a reporters question about the comparison between European-African cooperation and China-Africa cooperation, Kagame said that Africa should be viewed from an African perspective, not from a European-American or Chinese perspective. He pointed out that Africa needed reform, and all parties cooperating with Africa should change their ways of contacting Africa. He believes that Europe should see Africa as a partner, not just a beneficiary of Europes generosity and goodwill. Kagame said African countries have a responsibility to be accountable to their own people, not behind other countries and regions.
No African country is in debt difficulties because of its cooperation with China. Regarding Junckers remarks that China has plunged many African countries into huge debts, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying responded at a regular press conference on 19 th that China has always upheld the concept of genuineness and sincerity and the correct concept of righteousness and interests, carried out mutually beneficial and win-win practical cooperation with African countries, strongly supported African economic development and livelihood improvement, and was widely welcomed by the African people and the international community. All recognition. Hua Chunying said that the debt problem of African countries is fundamentally the product of an unfair international economic order. She said, What are the causes of the debt problems in some African countries? Who are the main creditors? The facts are also clear. It is hoped that relevant parties will do their best to increase their support for African economic development.
Austrian ORF TV points out that, given the rapid population growth in Africa, which will reach 2 billion people by 2050, the continent will be full of opportunities. The EUs African policy in recent months has been a great leap forward, including the establishment of cooperative immigration relations, in the hope of catching up with China in influence. However, the Austrian Standard newspaper pointed out that immigration is still a huge obstacle to cooperation between Europe and Africa. According to the European Commission, a large amount of EU investment was concentrated on the African continent in 2017, but the migration problem has not been fully alleviated. As for international competition in Africa, the Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Fakie Mohammed, also made it clear that we are not a playground at the mercy of anybody.
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