China calls for more int'l attention, input to promote prosperity in Africa

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-10-18 9:44:08

China on Wednesday called on the international community to continue to increase attention and input to Africa so as to promote its stability and prosperity.

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks as he addressed the 67th session of the General Assembly on "New Partnership for Africa's Development" ( NEPAD).

Wang said that developed countries should demonstrate greater political will and fully honor their aid and debt-reduction commitments to Africa at an early date.

"The international community should do its best to expand assistance to Africa, increase aid for trade and promote early conclusion of the Doha round trade negotiations so as to improve trade environment for African countries," he said.

China also supports efforts to further tap the potential of South-South cooperation and leverage the advantages of this type of cooperation to contribute more to the implementation of NEPAD, Wang said.

Wang noted that priority should be given to Africa's special development needs to ensure the work priorities of UN agencies are consistent with priority areas of NEPAD.

"The implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the follow-up actions to implement the UN Conference on Sustainable Development should also give special consideration to Africa's needs," he said.

In addition, the international community should respect Africa's realities and the will of African countries, support their independent effort to handle their own affairs, further remove conditions attached to assistance and improve the predictability and transparency of aid, Wang said.

"China-Africa cooperation is conducted as the two sides face similar circumstances and common mission of development, therefore is highly constructive and promising," Wang said stressing that China attaches no political strings to its aid for Africa.

"China will give genuine support to African countries' independent choice of development paths and genuinely help African countries, strengthen capacity for self development," he added.

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