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12th meeting of the China Africa Think Tanks Forum, 30 – 31 May 2023, Jinhua, China



The Inclusive Society Institute (ISI) was invited to participate in the 12th meeting of the China Africa Think Tanks Forum )CATTF), which was held from 30 to 31 May 2023 in the Chinese City of Jinhua. The CATTF is an important sub-forums of the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).


Founded in 2011, The CATTF was founded in 2011 and has become a major platform for academics and experts to promote multilateral cooperation, as well as to produce ideas for developing countries around the globe.


The forum was attended by more than 200 scholars and experts from China and Africa, including, amongst many others, Mr Lui Yuxi, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs; Pierre Gomez, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Technology, Republic of the Gambia; and Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of the Republic of South Africa.


The 12th meeting of the forum focussed on four thematic areas:


  • Centennial journey of China-Africa striving in unity for rejuvenation: retrospect and prospect

  • The principles of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and pursuing the greater good and shared interests usher in a new era of China-Africa cooperation

  • China-Africa relations under the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) and Global Civilization Initiative (GCI)

  • Toward common prosperity: Africa’s 2063 vision and Chinese modernization


The ISI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Daryl Swanepoel, moderated the GDI/GSI/GCI session, where he also spoke on the highlights of a paper developed by the ISI on “Navigating China-Africa Cooperation under the Global Development and Security Initiatives within a globally constrained geopolitical environment






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