Chinese FM to Hold Talks with AU Leaders in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA – New Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang is to hold strategic dialogue with leaders of the African Union during the African Union Commission (AUC) headquarters in Addis Ababa next week.

Gang, 56, will make his trip to Addis Ababa a few weeks after he was confirmed as Foreign Minister, replacing Wang Yi who was promoted to China’s ruling party’s Central Committee.

The African Union today says FM Gang and AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, will have discussions on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

“The two leaders are expected to hold bilateral talks on various issues,” announces the Union today.

After the discussion, the two leaders will join a Strategic Dialogue between the Senior Officials from the AU Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the AU.

While in Addis Ababa, Foreign Minister Gang will also visit Africa (CDC) Headquarters construction Project site in the African Village in Ethiopia’s capital and cut a ribbon.

China first expressed its commitment to support the construction of the Africa CDC Headquarters in 2018 during the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing.

Two years later, the AUC and China’s Ministry of Commerce concluded an agreement to implement the Africa CDC HQs construction project.

Located in the southern part of Addis Ababa, the Africa CDC headquarters construction site covers an area of 90,000m2 with a total construction area of nearly 40,000m2. 

When completed, the headquarters building is expected to become one of the best-equipped centers for disease control in Africa, housing an emergency operation center, a data center, laboratory, resource center, briefing rooms, training center, conference center, offices, and expatriate apartments.

All the facilities will be constructed, furnished, and equipped by the government of China.

The headquarters will allow the Africa CDC to play its role as the technical institution coordinating disease prevention, surveillance and control in the continent in partnership with the national public health institutes and ministries of health of Member States, says the African Union.