|Egyptian President Mubarak put forward ten principles of Africa-China cooperation|
The Egyptian president Mubarak addressed the Fourth FOCAC Ministerial Conference on November 8. He put forward the ten principles of deepening the Africa-China cooperation and realizing the sustainable development.
I. Reiterate the principle of sticking to the equal treatment, sincere cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win progress, which was established when the FOCAC was just founded;
II. go on to promote the dialogue and consultation on Africa-China cooperation, strengthen the coordination of the both sides’ stands and protect the mutual benefits of African and Chinese peoples;
III. strengthen the bilateral，regional and multilateral cooperation, support the efforts of realizing peace and stabilization in the African continent, which is the foundation of realizing the all-around development of African countries;
IV. Africa and China make joint efforts to consolidate the consciousness of democracy in the international relations, and combat the double standard practiced in the political and economic field;
V. Change the marginalization of Africa and the developing countries in the current international policy making system, demand more rights to participate in the world economic and financial organizations and groups, especially in Group of Eight (G8) and Group of Twenty (G20), so as to guarantee the effective participation of Africa and the developing countries in instituting new economic and trade systems.
VI. The developed countries should bear the responsibility of the current economic and financial crisis so it is necessary for them to keep the promise to eliminate the effect of the crisis on African countries, strengthen the capability of realizing development, eliminating poverty, and especially guaranteeing grain security;
VII. Call for common efforts to end the Doha Round negotiation at the earliest time, develop along the direction of bringing beneficial to African countries and ending the trade protection policies taken by the developed countries, especially those of targeting the merchandise and agricultural products exported from African countries.
VIII. Stress that the development partners must realize their promises to reduce the debt of African countries and increase official aids or direct investment in Africa. These are all the promises made by the developed countries many years ago, which still remain to be performed to help with the implementation of Africa development programs and realize the United Nations Millennium Development Goals;
IX. Insist that Africa is eligible to get the necessary aid in technology and funding to fight the effect caused by the climate changes. African countries have been mostly affected, though they are not the principal contributors to the climate changes. He stresses that the advanced industrial countries should follow the promise of reducing emission of green house gases and wishes that a fair and balanced initiative be concluded at the Copenhagen Climate Conference which will be held in the next month to support the capability of African countries to fight the effect of climate change and solve the problems of desertification, draught and flood hazard that some African countries are facing.
X. Stress that Africa is focusing on strengthening the relations with the development partners. He holds that under the framework of new partnership of African development, Africans should solve the problems of Africa on their own at present and in the future and know the responsibility of solving the political, economic and social problems, determined to play a leading role in fighting challenges.
The Fourth FOCAC Ministerial Conference was held in the coastal city Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on November 8-9, with nearly a hundred ministerial-level officials form 49 African countries including China attending the conference.