The Belt and Road Industry Promotion Association of Zhongguancun ‘Visit the African Embassy in China’ Initiative-Chad

On July 8, Zhongguancun Belt and Road Industry Promotion Association, Wuhan Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sino-African Joint Research Center and other institutions visited the Embassy of Chad in China. The Belt and Road Industry Promotion Association of Zhongguancun has been conducting a series of activities themed ‘Visit the African Embassy in China’.

They had in-depth communication with Chadian Ambassador to China, H.E. Maitina Juembe, on scientific and technological cooperation, biodiversity, ecological and environmental protection, food security and disease prevention. The Ambassador cordially invited the leaders to visit Chad.

Chad is located in the central-north part of Africa, covers an estimated area of 1280000 square km with French and Arabic being the official languages. N’Djamena is the capital city and the current President is Idriss Deby Itno. China and Chad restored ambassadorial diplomatic relations on August. 6, 2006. The Chad Government adheres to the one-China policy that the Chinese Government is the only legitimate government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory. The two countries established formal diplomatic links in 1972 but China cut-off relations with Chad in 1997 when the country “resumed” diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Chad continuously calls on Chinese investors to explore the country. Under the guidance of the President Idriss Deby Itno, Chad has initiated a strategy of diversification of the econommy in line with ‘Chad 2025 Vision’ mainly based on these three growth engines :

1. Petroleum, Mining and building materials 2. Livestock/Meat and related industries; 3. Agriculture, food industries, forest industries and water resources.

Backed by four fundamentals of competitiveness: 1. Infrastructure and landscaping and Civil engineering 2. Business environment and assistance to the private sector 3. Govenance: 4. Manpower

Some of the major Chinese projects in Chad include the petroleum integration Project, the renovation of the China-Chad Friendship Hospital and the construction of the parliament building. Other cooperations were entered by the signing of the Cultural Agreement between the two countries which saw University of N’Djamena setting up a Chinese Department offering Chinese language courses.

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