The 2018 seminar for Belt and Road (B&R) countries is underway in Beijing the capital of the Peoples Republic of China with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) represented by it Senior Manager responsible for Media and Strategy, Mr. Lubem Gena in attendance.
The Director of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NACCIMA), Abuja liaison office, Usman Abbas Muazu is also in attendance.
The training is to last for two weeks.
The event is organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) is holding at Ruicheng hotel located in No. 9 Xiciu Road, Haidian District, Beijing.
In the welcome remarks, the Deputy Director of CCPIT, Ms. Lei Hong underscores the importance of the relationship with the countries which are mostly from the African region stating that it was necessary to deepen the ties in order to tap into the abundant opportunities on the continent and in China.
She also said, the B&R initiative is meant to foster understanding and cooperation between the continent and China as a deliberate effort to cooperate in several areas.
According to her, the initiative has produced a community of shared journey and has moved a step further to add to the survival of the economies of the partnering countries and China.
In her speech, the Director General of CCPIT represented by Ms. Jasmine Wang the training was aimed and discussing and visiting several areas that will make for deeper understanding of the concepts of investment and trade promotion amongst the B&R countries with the China model in mind.
She emphasized that, under the process, people-people as well organisations-organisations communication links have been established over the years.
Similarly, she explained that 14 of such trainings have already been undertaken with 65% of participants drawn from Africa.
In the end, the overall essence is to ensure that China and Africa become “the best of friends”, she stated.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Mr. James Merieu, the National Vice Chairman of Kenya Chamber of Commerce thanked the organizers for having confidence in the ability of the continent to tap into the international economic development network which China is a critical stakeholder.
Merieu also said the time has come for the continent to stop looking for handouts from the advanced world but to ensure that sustainability of the trade and investment opportunities offered by China.
“China is doing the right thing at the right time. The timing is correct. The music has changed and the foot steps also have to do so”, he added.
Aside from NACCIMA and ACCI personnel, two other Nigerians namely Muazu Maiwourno, the President of Sokoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOCCIMA) and Obiora Obikwe of the Nnewi Chamber of Commerce (NCCI) are also attending.
Participants are drawn from South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt and Kenya.
The participants are to visit several other districts, participate in business activities as well as signed some Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) while the training lasts.