It is now 18 years since the inception of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation, also known as FOCAC, a platform designed to enhance overall China-Africa ties.
Held every three years, the previous Summit in Johannesburg (2015) saw the elevation of FOCAC to a comprehensive and strategic partnership, culminating in a wide array of development projects in fields such as infrastructure, agriculture, skills transfer and peace and security.
Themed “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation” the two day Summit on the 3rd & 4th September will see the unveiling of two key outcome documents, namely; The Beijing declaration and Beijing Action Plan. The two documents should outline the nature of China-Africa ties at the end of the Heads of State Summit.
But with FOCAC 2018 coinciding with shifts in international trade and increasing demand for growth on the African continent, what measures will be announced to broaden China-Africa co-operation?