Skip to main content

Expert says China's BRI fills "historic vacuum" to boost Africa's development

Interview: Expert says China's BRI fills "historic vacuum" to boost Africa's development

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-04 17:10:47|

by Olatunji Saliu

ABUJA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aimed at advancing global partnership can help Africa, the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, to be better engaged in the international system, an expert has said here.

In a recent interview with Xinhua in Abuja, Charles Onunaiju, director of Center for China Studies in Nigeria, said the all-inclusive initiative offers the most concrete features of development to the African continent.

When Africa began to decolonize 60 years ago, the Pan-Africanism has been gaining momentum and one of the calls of the movement is to build a continent that engages with herself, trades with herself and make it more convenient for African people to reach out to each other, said Onunaiju.

Unfortunately, these dreams did not come true because of existential difficulties in geographical and institutional connectivity, he said.

Now that the BRI offers what has been missing to make Pan-Africanism a reality, he said, adding that the initiative has provided regional connectivity so that the local people are more engaged with each other.

"It will fill the historic vacuum that has existed since decolonization," he added. "The BRI is most essential to Africa, and for the continent's development."

Moreover, "Africa has a unique opportunity to key into the international system through this BRI," Onunaiju said.

Last September, over a dozen African countries signed up to become formal BRI partners at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, including Nigeria, the continent's largest economy.

The international affairs expert said he expects to see a stronger partnership between China and Africa, and the rest of the world, through cooperations around the initiative.

"I believe that Africa has been marginalized out of the international system. As a unique opportunity (for Africa) to enter into the international system as a key driver, not as an onlooker, the Belt and Road Initiative offers a new governance system of international relations that is participatory and inclusive," he said.

The BRI, first proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond.

Onunaiju said that the essence of this initiative, in his view, is recognizing the universal aspiration of humanity for a peaceful world, sustainable and inclusive development, building a community with a shared future for mankind, as well as fulfilling the aspiration through building a network of infrastructure, ensuring people-to-people contact and generating an inclusive global village.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/04/c_137868354.htm

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

SSG Commando Muddassir Iqbal of Pakistan Army

“ Commando Muddassir Iqbal was part of the team who conducted Army Public School operation on 16 December 2014. In this video he reveals that he along with other commandos was ordered to kill the innocent children inside school, when asked why should they kill children after killing all the terrorist he was told that it would be a chance to defame Taliban and get nation on the side. He and all other commandos killed children and later Taliban was blamed.
Muddassir Iqbal has deserted the military and now he is  with mujahedeen somewhere in AF PAK border area”
For authenticity of  this tape journalists can easy reach to his home town to interview his family members or   ISPR as he reveals his army service number”
Asalam o Alaikum: My name is Muddassir Iqbal. My father’s name is Naimat Ali. I belong to Sialkot divison (Punjab province), my village is Shamsher Poor and district, tehsil and post office  Narowal. Unfortunately I was working in Pakistan army. I feel embarrassed to tell you …

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میںPlease help the deserving persons...Salary:Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows;Welder: Rs. 1,700 dailyHeavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 dailyMason: Rs. 1,500 dailyHelper: Rs. 850 dailyElectrician: Rs. 1,700 dailySurveyor: Rs. 2,500 dailySecurity Guard: Rs. 1,600 dailyBulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyConcrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 dailyRoller operator: Rs. 2,000 dailySteel fixer: Rs. 2,200 dailyIron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 dailyAccount clerk: Rs. 2,200 dailyCarpenter: Rs. 1,700 dailyLight duty driver: Rs. 1,700 dailyLabour: Rs. 900 dailyPara Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 dailyPipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 dailyStorekeeper: Rs. 1,700 dailyOffice boy: Rs. 1,200 dailyExcavator operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyShovel operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyComputer operator: Rs. 2,200 dailySecurity Supervisor: Rs. 2,200 dailyCook for Chinese food: Rs. 2,000 dailyCook…

Historical relationship between Kurd and Baloch.

The Kurds are the ethnical group living in a region known as Kurdistan which is divided into Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. They  are struggling for an independent region since decades and they are famous for their female guerrilla fighters.        On 25 September 2017, the referendum for an independent Kurdish region  was held in Iraq with a turn out of 72 %.   On this important occasion, the historical relation between Kurd and Baloch people is worth discussing.       When it comes to history, every nation tends to find its roots and origin. Same goes with the Baloch people. The Baloch people are always curious  about  finding their roots in history. Even if you  talk to a shepherd in Balochistan, he will be curious to talk about his  tribal or ethnical roots.      The Balochs have always conveyed the history to the next generations in different mediums like poems etc. No Baloch before 20th century had written books on  history  or origin of the Baloch nation .
        Balochs…