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China: Africa

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department plans to encourage China to support development in Africa. (211798)

The huge growth in China's trade and investment in recent years are providing new opportunities for Africa. China is now a major world economic power and a growing and important partner for many African countries. Over the last three years my Department, in partnership especially with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been building a strong relationship with China on a range of development issues, including Africa. We believe it is important for China and the UK to work together to support the achievement of the millennium development goals, particularly in Africa.

The Department for International Development's (DFID) plans include: (i) encouraging China to work with other international development partners and join or endorse international initiatives that improve the effectiveness of international support to Africa; (ii) exchanging knowledge and experience on development assistance so that both sides can improve the quality of their support; (iii) identifying specific areas where we can work together such as in rural roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and (iv) exploring how the UK and China can ensure that the outcomes from high level global meetings, such as the UN MDG Call to Action meeting in September, accelerate progress towards the achievement of the MDGs.