Africa & China: Cooperation for sustainability
China’s 12th Five-Year Plan approved in March 2011 states the goal of “green development” for China and the aim to strengthen the “Going Global Strategy” which encourages Chinese companies to invest overseas. Taken together, these otherwise separate priorities offer an opportunity to work collaboratively towards the common goal of sustainable development – a goal also stated in the 2009 FOCAC declaration.
Building on such opportunity, this Briefing Note puts forward proposals intended as a contribution to the preparations by the competent authorities in African countries and China for the 5 th FOCAC Ministerial Conference. The aim is to help to upscale previous FOCAC commitments and ensure that environmental considerations underline the development opportunities carried by China-Africa cooperation.