The China Commodities, Technology and Service Expo opened on Thursday (December 5) at Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa. More than 150 Chinese enterprises displayed their products including automobiles, electrical goods, hardware, building materials, and other goods.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn noted that Sino-Ethiopian relations were based on a 'reliable' partnership, noting that the cooperation of the two countries have been progressing with a combination of favorable circumstances. He said the Expo would serve as milestone for the two nations to increase their ties in economic, industrial and commercial spheres. In her message to the Expo, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, indicated that the Expo could become a landmark to advance partnership and cooperation between China and African countries. It could also persuade Chinese firms to invest in Africa to help attain their common developmental agenda, she said.
Gao Hucheng, Chinese Minister of Commerce, said that China intended to further deepen its cooperation with African countries under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The Expo could strengthen the partnership of Chinese and African countries by showcasing Chinese products, technology and services. Justin Yifu Lin, former chief economist and Senior Vice President of World Bank, Councilor of the State Council of China and Vice President of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, expressed his belief that the Expo would support the industrial sector of Ethiopia and other African nations in the years to come.