Africa-China young leaders forum kicks off next week

About 150 delegates from 40 African countries are expected in the country for a Global Young Leaders forum expected to be held in Arusha next week.

The forum to be graced by President Jakaya Kikwete from 28th to 31st March in Arusha has been organised by the ruling party, CCM, in collaboration with the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The Deputy Minister, in the Vice-President’s Office (Union), Mr Stephen Masele, in Dar es Salaam at the weekend urged local entrepreneurs to capitalize on the opportunities to be brought about by the forum.

“The forum is an important platform and unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to enter into business deals and ventures to boost their business,” said Mr Masele, who is the chairman of the preparatory committee of the business forum. 

He said youth from Africa and China will exchange ideas and chart out ways of advancing the relationship between African parties and the Communist Party of China. 

“This forum also plays a significant role in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese, Tanzania people and the rest of the continent,” he said adding that it will address the biggest challenge that the continent is facing of promoting industrialization. 

Mr Masele mentioned some of the agendas to be discussed in the forum to include agriculture, finance and investment, energy and minerals, trade and logistics as well as tourism.

He said the ruling party, CCM, has gone a step forward in organizing an international forum that will attract investors as a way of giving exposure to local entrepreneurs. 

He urged youth entrepreneurs to take advantage of the forum, it brings together talented people, and offers suggestions and recommendations on enhancing China-Africa practical cooperation. 

The Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu Youqing, said China has chosen Tanzania as its industrialisation destination where the rest in the continent will come to borrow a leaf. 

“We understand that China is one of the biggest investors in Africa and there is a lot of trade that is done between the two continents. Tanzania is among the African countries that China has invested a lot and so using this forum we expect our trade relations to grow even beyond,” he said.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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