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Sport The eighth Forum on Sino-African Cooperation opens at Dakar

22:20  28 november  2021
22:20  28 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président chinois Xi Jinping, avec son homologue sénégalais Macky Sall lors d'une visite d'État à Dakar, en 2018. © PHOTO / XAU OLLEROS The Chinese President Xi Jinping, with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall during a state visit to Dakar, in 2018.

The new routes of silk gain ground, on the eve of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on Sino-African Cooperation in Dakar, Monday, November 29, 2021. Two days of summit where it will be discussing vaccines and the fight against the Pandemic of Covid-19, but also and especially economics as part of the Chinese project "Belt and Road Initiative", which have joined Eritrea and Guinea-Bissau.

with our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

The degradation of the security situation in Ethiopia and the American sanctions imposed on Eritrea will probably have accelerated this memorandum of understanding.

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by joining this week the "Belt and Road" initiative - The New Silk Roads project launched by Xi Jinping - Asmara intends to take advantage of Chinese funding and infrastructure projects.

Same thing for Guinea-Bissau, where Chinese companies are already very active in forestry or deepwater fishing. Two countries that join the new silk roads on the eve of the Dakar Summit, it is for Chinese diplomacy a proof that "the great family of Sino-African friendship" expands, as described by Friday The spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A way also for China to strengthen its presence in the Horn of Africa, at the Red Sea and along the Atlantic Coast.

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Geopolitical weapon, these roads are far from being a long calm river. Conflicts, corruption, non-reimbursed receivables ... If China wants to invest in the continent, Chinese officials should recall Monday and Tuesday at the eighth China-Africa forum in Senegal, that controls such as selection criteria for funded projects On loans abroad have been strengthened.

Chinese President recently called on companies to better assess risks and fight corruption. Chinese companies must also "strengthen their understanding of the political and social landscapes of the countries," says Ding Yifan, analyst at the Research Center for the Development of the State Council, cited by the South China Morning Post :

some Of these companies have no risk awareness. They think that other countries are like China.

An argument of naivety and unparallement, to which other analysts add the advantage of the gray area and the lack of transparency that has allowed these Chinese companies to start projects faster, but sometimes with collateral damage Social and financially.

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COVID-19. Lack of doses, syringes ... Covax struggles to vaccinate the world .
© Arnaud Dumutier, Photopqr, Le Parisien / Maxppp A Dakar vaccination center provided by the Covax device. Since its inception, the COVAX device, intended to provide vaccines with poor countries, lack of doses, which is more of quality. At the end of November, 537 million doses had been sent, on the planned 1.46 billion. In South Africa , the appearance of the Omicron Variant caused a recrudescence of COVID-19 cases that placed the heart of the debate immunization in the world.

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