African Union Commission vice-Chairperson Quartey Thomas Kwesi. Photo: au.intl

A senior official of the African Union (AU) Commission spoke highly of China-Africa cooperation on Wednesday when meeting a delegation from China’s National Food and Strategic Reserve Administration in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

Quartey Thomas Kwesi, deputy director of the AU Commission, said that China has offered great assistance to Africa since its founding in 1949, which is of great importance to Africa.

“The rise of China, the closeness in the selfless cooperation that we have enjoyed from China has provided us in Africa greater strategic options. Our cooperation with China is exemplary, and we have no doubt in our minds that this cooperation can grow from strength to strength,” said Kwesi.

During the meeting, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to have robust collaboration in food safety and security on the African continent.

The MoU will see the two sides cooperate in areas including food security and safety, post-harvest loss management, and others in the cooperation framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Chinese side will also provide capacity building support to and share experiences with the AU especially in the implementation of the Africa Comprehensive Agriculture Development Programme.

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