Focac should spur African cohesion

Last week’s Forum on China-Africa Co-operation in Beijing brings to the fore the need to fast-track the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Not only that, the protocols on Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment must be ratified with speed in order for the continent to create for itself first, the environment that China is creating to further its own interests on the continent.

For the One Belt, One Road Initiative to be a success, China needs an Africa with solid infrastructure and skilled workforce. It needs an economically strong Africa with per capita income that makes it a viable market for Chinese goods. It needs a conflict-free Africa with strict enforcement of laws that deal with corruption.

In the past 18 years since Focac started, China has…

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