|Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Briefing by African Regional Economic Communities|
Today is my country’s National Day. There is no better occasion for me to attend today’s high-level briefing on capacity building in Africa. For decades, China’s interaction with the rest of the world has been closely associated with Africa. Bonded by common fate and mission, we have always supported each other and made progress together.
The theme for this segment, ‘south-South cooperation and partnership in building resilience and capacity of African countries, regional and sub-regional institutions to preempt and respond to humanitarian crises and disasters is highly timely and important. African countries’ pursuit for peace and development is now facing a new critical stage. With dynamic economic development, Africa has become one of the fastest growing regions in the world. African countries have made new strides in uniting for development and achieved a higher international standing. However, Africa is facing many challenges in its pursuit for peace, stability and development. Ongoing conflicts further aggravate humanitarian crisis on the ground. Robust development and attainment of the MDGs remain elusive in many countries. Many, if not all, have to deal with an unfavorable external environment of diminished willingness and capacity of developed countries to keep up development assistance in the aftermath of the international financial crisis and the European debt crisis.
Having said that, I believe opportunities override challenges and solutions outnumber difficulties. As long as the international community pool their efforts together and increase input into and help for African efforts, African countries will be better positioned to address challenges and on track for development and prosperity. For that, I wish to make the following points.
First, peace and stability are the prerequisite for development. The international community should fully respect African countries’ will and support them as well as regional organizations in maintaining peace and stability in Africa. African countries should be owners of solutions to their problems. When coping with African hotspots, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be upheld. The international community should actively work to build peace and seek political settlement of disputes and avoid the outbreak of humanitarian crisis triggered by local conflicts and hotspots. No