In a meeting with Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, Yu Zhengsheng said that the bilateral relations between the two countries are at their best in history. Specifically, Yu said his visit was focused on the alignment of the 10 major plans for China-Africa cooperation announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in December with the five-year national development plan of Cote d’Ivoire.
This requires both sides to enhance their cooperation in such fields as industrialization, agricultural modernization and infrastructural construction, and to enrich the bilateral cooperation, Yu added. Ouattara said that the 10 cooperation plans proposed by President Xi showed China’s sincerity and its commitment to stronger ties with Africa.
China’s decision to take Africa as its comprehensive strategic partner is a right strategic choice, and China’s assistance is essential for African countries to fully tap their development potential and achieve open and diversified economic development, he said. The president said he was grateful for the consistent support China has given to his country in economic and social development, adding that Cote d’Ivoire looked forward to enhancing cooperation with China.
To further advance bilateral ties, the two sides should have more high-level exchanges, enhance political trust, and strengthen friendly people-to-people exchanges in various fields, Yu said. He said the two countries should also expand their practical cooperation to achieve mutual beneficial and win-win results, and expand manufacturing cooperation to help upgrade Cote d’Ivoire’s industry and create more jobs. Yu added that the CPPCC stands ready to deepen friendly cooperation and exchanges with Cote d’Ivoire’s parliament.
Yu also visited some Chinese enterprises operating in Cote d’Ivoire, encouraging them to expand the cooperation and contribute to the development of the African country. He called on Chinese employees working on Abidjan port expansion to help the development of Cote d’Ivoire with a high-quality construction project, in line with the spirit of President Xi’s important speech on boosting China-Africa cooperation.
Yu was on an official visit to African nations that has taken him to Gabon earlier. He is expected to visit Ghana, too.