Chen Zhigang, Secretary-general of China Africa Industrial Forum（CAIF）， As August this year as chairman of the China wto Africa committee, he is devoted to the exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa, has repeatedly visit to Africa, and successively ambassador to dialogue with more than 40 African countries, the African leaders spoke highly of, has been hailed as a china-africa friendly messenger recently, he accepted the China and Africa magazine reporter Yu Nan interview, on China’s trade with Africa cooperation and the prospect of the future challenges of share many aspects, such as the personal views, and interpret their new role in the international relations in the future
What do you think of the new title of chairman of the African committee of China wto? What will you do when you take the new position? What are the specific measures?
Since China joined the world trade organization, the comprehensive performance of the accession to the wto commitments, make full use of the multilateral trading system and rules, open to promote reform and development of national economy and foreign economic and trade cooperation has made tremendous achievements, China has become the world’s second largest economy and the world’s largest trading nation, China to attract foreign investment and foreign direct investment is growing at the same time, fully proved the correctness of the resolute decision to join the world trade organization (wto) to the government of China to adapt to the new situation of economic globalization, China executes more proactive opening-up strategy, improve the mutually beneficial and win-win balance safety and efficiency of the open economy system.
Chinese society for the study of the world trade organization (WTO) is directly under the ministry of commerce management is engaged in the world trade organization (WTO) and the relevant economic and trade organization of the national long-term commitment to the world trade organization (WTO) related transaction of government official authoritative experts as China to the WTO, head of the African commission, I feel a great responsibility, the African continent is a rich and vibrant, china-africa friendship Africa committee to the world trade organization in China under the framework of research on trade and investment, to promote business between China and the exchanges and cooperation 2014 African commission will lead some experts to not communicate with African governments business department, at the same time at the end of this year at 2014 international conference of the wto trade in Africa, discussing deeply china-africa trade problems and establish a regular dialogue mechanism, at the same time the African commission plan non-specialist beige book edited African trade and investment, each year for Chinese enterprises to provide safe and healthy track
You have been committed to the economic and trade work between China and Africa. What have you achieved during your six years as secretary-general of BBS on china-africa industrial cooperation and development?
6years at CAIF, We conducted three sessions of china-africa BBS assembly (a) for two years, three times in the general assembly to achieve more than $100 in trade, to help more than 100 Chinese companies to invest in Africa trade, six years I visited most of Africa, and more than 40 African diplomatic envoys of dialogue, with more than three years time has edited into the African search business opportunities, the African leaders spoke highly of, is called an angel china-africa friendship.
China has been Africa’s largest trading partner for five years in a row,In your opinion, which key areas and projects of bilateral economic and trade cooperation will be strengthened between China and Africa?
In the next three to five years, China will expand cooperation in investment and financing to support Africa’s sustainable development, and focus on supporting Africa’s infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
4.What legal assistance does the African legal affairs service center under BBS provide for the investment and trade of Chinese and African enterprises? How to play its unique role to better serve china-africa investment?
African legal affairs center is the first integrated expert in Africa African lawyer’s professional legal services, provide legal consultancy services promised free for Africa embassy in Beijing, was founded in more than 100 enterprises to provide legal rights and consulting services, and write the legal guidelines, investment of more than 20 countries in Africa in the treatment of the china-africa trade has played a more and more important role in dispute, most Chinese companies to invest in Africa’s law does not understand, in order to better for Chinese enterprises to understand the African policy and law, we will not be regularly organize salon invited African diplomats and legal experts introduced the investment environment in Africa.
How do you feel about the impact of Chinese instant noodle culture on Coca Cola in Africa to highlight China’s growing influence in Africa?
The development of China in Africa is changing, used imported raw materials from Africa and sell cheap goods and infrastructure construction, today more than 3000 Chinese companies had a good development in Africa, China’s aid to Africa in the past 20 years the road a large number of public facilities such as hospital school, got the African government welcome the African people.
China-africa trade for nearly three years the volume of trade each year is more than the double-digit growth, is expected to reach $300 billion by the end of 2015 the china-africa trade, Europe and the United States were the crisis, the Chinese won’t selfishly, will cooperate with all countries, to aid for Africa’s development to the principle of common development of Coca-Cola Africa don’t have to worry about the market problems, any kind of product has its market development trajectory, today in Africa, the popular Chinese instant noodles is a kind of inevitable.
In recent years, on the issue of Chinese investment in Africa, land grabbing has become the fulcrum of western discourse on China. China’s rapid growth has complicated the feelings of the rest of the world, while ignoring China’s contribution to Africa’s economic development. How do you view this issue? Do you think we need to make adjustments in our relationship to Africa
European and American countries for development of china-africa relations jealousy is normal, of course the china-africa economic and trade development is a foundation, no pains, a harvest, the west too exaggerated or reports from time to time of China’s new colonial Africa is no basis in fact, we always advocates mutually beneficial cooperation and win-win development, the current china-africa relations have entered a new historical period, China continuously bring new technology new product new management experience to Africa, we should free aid to help Africa to form their own industry development.
As a scholar of economic and ethnic art in China and Africa, you are proficient in qin, qi, calligraphy and painting, and have traveled over half of Africa to write books. You have a rich understanding of African social culture. How do you view the role of people-to-people exchanges.
At present, China has established more than a dozen Confucius institutes in Africa to strengthen cultural exchanges between China and Africa. Culture is the soul of a country and a nation.