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2 May 2014

Africa Benefits From China's Growth - AU

Africa has benefited from the economic growth China has registered, Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, said on Thursday.

Speaking to Chinese journalists in Addis Ababa, Mwencha lauded China's role in Africa's economic growth registered over the past decade.

"Africans have benefited from China's growth, especially from the strong demand for Africa's products," said the deputy chairperson.

Through the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCA), China and Africa are engaged in dialogue on furthering their cooperation on different areas, said Mwencha.

"It is through this dialogue and cooperation that we have made significant progress in a number of areas. We are now addressing ... regional programs in the continent that China is supporting."

Mwencha said China particularly is providing support to capacity building of the AU Commission.

He also stated that dialogue is still on-going between Africa and China on how to address issues of industrialisation and infrastructure and also employment and poverty eradication on the African continent.

He said China has also continued to play a big role in addressing peace and security challenges facing those countries already in conflict.

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