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BRI cooperation new driving force in Ethio-China ties

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Addis Ababa, April 20, 2019 (FBC) -Ambassador of China to Ethiopia, Tan Jian, said cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the new driving force in Ethiopia-China ties.

Launched close to six years ago, BRI is an ambitious effort aimed at strengthening infrastructure, trade, and investment links between China and some 65 other countries.

Ethiopia is among the first batch of African countries that signed cooperation documents concerning jointly building the Belt and Road. With Chinese support, it is playing a bigger role as a bridge and a link for jointly advancing the initiative in Africa.

Ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF), Ambassador Jian told FBC that the two countries have comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation on BRI will further elevate this partnership.

It would help the two countries to broaden their cooperation in trade, investment, tourism and other areas, the Ambassador said, adding China wants it relations with Ethiopia to be a model in Africa.

Ambassador Jian said that his country is convinced that relations will be strengthened between the two countries under the new leadership of Ethiopia.

“We are fully convinced that under the leadership of Dr. Abiy Ahmed and against the backdrop of the profound reform efforts in Ethiopia, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Ethiopia will continue to be at the forefront of China-Africa relations and play a model role in the framework of the belt and Road cooperation.

The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will be held in Beijing next week under the theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future.”

The forum events include leaders’ round-table, high-level meeting, thematic forums, CEO conference and other side events. Representatives from over 100 countries, including 40 leaders of foreign governments have confirmed their attendance.

The first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in 2017.