Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Premier Youssef Chahed Monday flew to Beijing to represent Tunisia at September 3-4 China-African Forum on Cooperation summit.

The forum is designed to help China and Africa address in concert challenges of economic globalisation and seek joint development.

This third summit will see the participation of 54 heads of state and over one thousand Chinese and African economic actors representing public or private companies, financial institutions and employers’ organisations as well as businessmen from around the world, the Prime Ministry said in a press release.

The Beijing Declaration will be issued as the Summit comes to a close. An action plan will also be endorsed and a set of agreements inked by China and the African continent to chart the course of cooperation over the next three years.

The African Union (AU) member states as well as African countries which have diplomatic ties with China are members of the China-African Forum on Cooperation. The Forum helped foster economic relations between China and Africa; similarly, China gained ground as Africa’s first trading partner ahead of the US and the European Union.

The global trade value reached over $170 billion in 2017 against $10 billion in 2000.