In the 21st century, maintaining peace, seeking stability and promoting development have become a shared aspiration of people of all countries. In order to further strengthen the friendly cooperation between China and Africa under the new circumstances, to jointly meet the challenge of economic globalization and to promote common development, and in light of suggestions of some African countries, the Chinese Government made the proposal on the convocation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation---Ministerial Conference Beijing 2000, which was positively responded to by the vast number of African countries.
Characteristics of FOCAC
The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue and a cooperation mechanism between the developing countries, which falls into the category of South-South cooperation. The characteristics of the Forum are as follows:
-- Pragmatic Cooperation: Its purpose is to strengthen consultation and expand cooperation and its focus is on cooperation.
-- Equality and Mutual Benefit: It promotes both political dialogue and economic cooperation and trade, with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and common development.
The 1st Ministerial Conference (Oct. 10-12, 2000 Beijing, China)
The 2nd Ministerial Conference (Dec. 15-16, 2003 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Beijing Summit and the 3rd Ministerial Conference (Nov. 3-5, 2006, Beijing, China
The 4th Ministerial Conference (Nov 8-9, 2009, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)
The 5th Ministerial Conference (July 19-20, 2012, Beijing, China)