As published by New Vision in Uganda, China is keen to strengthen relations with Africa and will over the next three years train at least 200,000 African professionals in skills-based fields.
Ambassador Lin Songtian, the director general of African Affairs at China’s foreign affairs ministry revealed this plan earlier during the week that the offer was part of the Asian power’s commitment to build the continent’s capacity to achieve its development vision.
Songtian, in an interview with African journalists in China’s capital, Beijing said the training would benefit technical staff in selected countries.
“Every year, China offers about 10,000 scholarships. We will expand this so that in three years, you have 200,000 highly-skilled population,” Songtian stated.
Under the arrangement, some of the African nationals will travel to China while others will be trained locally through a skills transfer programme.
The fellows will be attached to universities and tertiary institutions, “Songtian said.
The skills transfer programme is part of a new funding arrangement announced last year by China to support Africa’s big infrastructure projects.