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Chinese President Xi Jinping opens the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development in Beijing

16 August 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the participants of the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development, launching a new era in cooperation between China and Africa. “Human development is at the core of development. We hope this forum will substantially push forward health cooperation between China and Africa," said President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Addressing the opening plenary, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé emphasized the enormous positive impact of stronger China-Africa cooperation for health. “The response to HIV can act as a pathfinder for the China-Africa partnership in health development,” said Mr Sidibé. “China can help African countries build on their leadership in the HIV response to advance Africa’s response to a range of other health issues.” Mr Sidibé also highlighted the importance of commodity security, with China’s unique potential to support Africa to develop sustainable capacity for local manufacture of antiretroviral drugs and other pharmaceuticals. The forum was also attended by the heads of international health organizations—Margaret Chan (WHO), Babatunde Osotimehin (UNFPA), and Mark Dybul (Global Fund).

Speaking during the Forum’s opening ceremony, Minister of China’s Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin reiterated China’s commitment to building stronger China-Africa ties, noting the long and positive history of China-Africa cooperation on health. “China will continue to strengthen cooperation with international cooperation on global health and population development, and make use of international platforms to explore new approaches to South-South cooperation in the area of health with developing countries in Africa and elsewhere,” said Minister Li.

The Forum featured the negotiation and adoption of the Beijing Declaration, which outlines the commitment and direction of future cooperation between China and Africa in this important area. On behalf of the international organizations attending the forum, Mr Sidibé delivered a statement in support of the Beijing Declaration.

Statement of the International Organizations at the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development

  • The international organizations represented at the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development (World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, the World Bank, and the GAVI Alliance) commend its participants on their leadership efforts to advance health development, and give our strongest endorsement of the Beijing Declaration, which inaugurates a new era of China-Africa collaboration.
  • We recognize this Declaration as a pillar of the larger partnership between China and Africa, which is one of the most important geopolitical and economic relationships of the 21st Century.
  • We underscore the Declaration's importance for strengthening China's collaboration with regional institutions - the African Union and Africa's regional economic committees.
  • We commit special attention and support for the implementation of the Beijing Declaration. We will seek to make available, where appropriate, the knowledge and resources of the relevant agencies to promote China-Africa health collaboration as a new platform to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and to promote global health in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • We welcome the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development as an innovative mechanism to convene the participation and dialogue of high-level leadership in support of health development and cooperation between China and Africa, and we encourage the regular reporting of progress towards its important objectives.

Quotes

Human development is at the core of development. We hope this forum will substantially push forward health cooperation between China and Africa.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

The response to HIV can act as a pathfinder for the China-Africa partnership in health development. China can help African countries build on their leadership in the HIV response to advance Africa's response to a range of other health issues.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

China will continue to strengthen cooperation with international cooperation on global health and population development, and make use of international platforms to explore new approaches to South-South cooperation in the area of health with developing countries in Africa and elsewhere.

Minister of China’s Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin