The 2020 Working Meeting on China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation was held on Dec 15, 2020 in Beijing. Zhang Taolin, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
Zhang said that since the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture(FOCACA) in 2019, China and Africa had made continuous progress in agricultural cooperation mechanisms, trade and investment in agriculture, and agricultural technology exchanges, making contributions to the development of China-Africa relations.
Zhang stressed that enhancing China-Africa agricultural cooperation to ensure regional food security was not only necessary for the economic and social development of both China and Africa, but also a specific way to tackle the negative effects of COVID-19 and stabilize agricultural production. China is ready to continue to join hands with African countries, seize the vast opportunities provided by the new development prospects, deepen China-Africa practical cooperation in agriculture, strengthen strategic alignment in agriculture between the two sides, improve multilateral and bilateral agricultural cooperation mechanisms, promote technological innovation in agriculture, expand agricultural economic and trade cooperation, and enhance agricultural capacity building, so as to promote the joint development of agriculture on both sides and contribute to the realization of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Diplomatic envoys from the African Union and 33 African countries, and representatives of Chinese institutes and enterprises attended the meeting and exchanged in-depth views under the theme of “Implementing the Outcomes of FOCACA to Boost Modern Agriculture in China and Africa”.