North Campus, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, November 25st 2019: From November 21st to 22nd, jointly hosted by Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, the “Win-Win Development: Guangdong and the World-1st Guangdong-Africa Exchange and Cooperation Week 2019” was held at GDUFS. YUAN Baocheng, Vice President of Guangdong Provincial Commitment of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Vice President of Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association, presented at the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech. Zhai Jun, former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs; GAKOU, Consul General of the Consulate General of Mali in Guangzhou; and SUI Guangjun, Chairman of the University Board, also attended the opening ceremony. FU Lang, Executive Vice President of the Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association, presided. Leaderships of units directly under provincial government, officials from 11 African Countries Consulate in Guangzhou, including officials from the cultural, educational, health, and business sectors, as well as more than 200 Chinese and foreign guests attended the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony
YUAN Baocheng delivered a keynote speech
Yuan Baocheng pointed out that Guangdong, as an important window for China’s opening up to the outside world, plays an increasingly crucial role in Chinese-African economy and trade exchanges. Guangdong has earnestly implemented the “Eight Actions” Initiative put forward by President XI Jinping at “The 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation”; is adhering to the policy of sincerity and amity towards Africa and noble principles in the pursuit of its interest; expanded cooperationin new areas thus creating an “updated version” of cooperation between Guangdong and Africa in the new era; paid adequate attention to the cooperative development of “the Belt and the Road” industrial parks; supported the preponderant enterprises to transfer advantageous industrial capacity to Africa; actively carried out connectivity and communication with African countries to facilitate personnel exchanges; as well as promoted communication and collaboration in the areas of agriculture, health care, education, tourism and humanities.
An enchanting dance by foreign students
The “1st Guangdong-Africa Exchange and Cooperation Week” consisted of two parts: the Guangdong-Africa Cooperation Achievement Exhibition and the Guangdong-Africa Cooperation and Exchange Dialogue. The achievement exhibition displayed a large number of pictures, articles and videos, which vividly demonstrated the achievements of Guangdong in the field of public diplomacy, educational cooperation, cultural exchange, think-tank cooperation, as well as industrial and agricultural projects. What’s more, some of Guangdong’s investment enterprises in Africa and entrepreneurs new course for their businesses were featured in the exhibition as well.