ADDIS ABABA – The first China-Horn of Africa peace, governance, and development conference has kicked off in Addis Abeba today.
It’s the first gathering of its kind, coming four months after Beijing appointed a veteran diplomat, Xue Bing, as a special envoy to the region.
Officials from several countries in the region as well as China, including, special envoy Bing, are participating in the meeting.
“The two-day conference is a China-led initiative that is made possible with the full cooperation of countries in the region to hold the conference in Addis Ababa aiming to promote peace, good governance, and development in the region,” says Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign affairs.
During his visit to the region last March, the Chinese envoy said the meeting would offer a platform for the countries in the region to settle their differences through negotiations.
China wants to support countries in the Horn of Africa to address the challenges of security, development, and governance and pursue a path of unity and self-improvement, he added. The Initiative for Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa was proposed during State Councillor Wang Yi’s visit to Africa.
Featured Image Caption: State minister of foreign affairs Tesfaye Yilma speaking with the Chinese envoy on Wednesday, June 20, 2022. [Photo MoFA]