The Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Gao Hucheng, says China remains committed to supporting Africa vocational and technical training sector through the establishment of 24 vocational educational centres and schools to build human capacity.
He explained that as part of capacity development, the country had trained 30,000 technical personnel on site in addition to hosting 6,000 officials and technical staff in 150 multilateral and bilateral training programmes in China.
Mr Gao was speaking at the Coordinators Meeting in Beijing on the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in December last year.
The outcomes cover industrialisation, agricultural modernisation, infrastructure, financial services, green development, trade and investment facilitation, poverty reduction and public welfare, public health, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security with a $60billion pledge from China.
Currently, Mr Gao said, China was the largest trading partner of Africa, the largest market of contractual engineering and an emerging investment destination.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Beijing