AU, China discuss ways of having strengthened custom cooperation

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African Union headquarters
African Union headquarter

The African Union (AU) and China have discussed ways of forging strengthened cooperation on trade facilitation and customs modernization in Africa.

A Chinese delegation led by Ni Yuefeng, head of the General Administration of Customs, on Thursday met and held discussion with the AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Victor Harison, on ways of strengthening cooperation on custom.

Stating the long-standing relations between China and Africa, which dates back to 2000 years, Ni said the partnership and cooperation between the two sides in different areas have been growing from time.

He reiterated that China’s import from Africa has witnessed a sharp increase, and last year it registered a growth rate of 30 percent, which shows that China attaches great importance to its trade with Africa.

Reiterating China’s commitment to further bolstering its trade and investment partnership with Africa, Ni said China would open its door wider.

Speaking to reporters after the discussion at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the AU Commissioner said he had a good discussion with the Chinese on custom collaboration and ways forward with the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the area.

“We have a discussion on the collaboration between China and African Union to facilitate the trade between China and Africa,” he said.

Speaking to reporters, Dhunraj Kassee, AU senior Policy Officer of Custom Cooperation, and who has also attended the discussion between the two sides, reiterated that in the area of trade facilitation and custom modernization, China is assisting a number of custom administrations regarding to capacity building, by providing a number of trainings that have benefited more than 40 African countries.

He said that the new discussions on custom cooperation would benefit Africa in many ways, most importantly in capacity building, by benefiting from China’s robust experience in e-commerce, intellectual property.

The official expresses AU’s keen interest to work closely with China to boost benefits of the AfCFTA, through capacity building. Enditem

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