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Africa & China: Cooperation for sustainability



Posted on 01 March 2012
Africa & China: Cooperation for sustainability
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Investing in sustainable development is fundamental for both Africa and China’s long-term prosperity, and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a significant platform for catalysing such investment. Building economies that manage natural capital wisely is necessary as forecasts suggest that by 2050 the world’s population will exceed 9 billion (WEF, 2011) and already now humanity uses 50% more than the earth can regenerate every year (WWF, 2010).

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.  
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