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Chinese, Senegalese Governments Formally Announce FOCAC Dates and Themes

Senegalese Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall and Chinese ambassador Xiao Han convene a meeting of African ambassadors in Dakar to announce plans for the upcoming FOCAC summit.

After months of speculation, the Chinese and Senegalese governments last week announced the dates for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial conference that will take place in Dakar on Monday, November 29th, and Tuesday, November 30th.

TWEET TRANSLATION: Together with China’s Ambassador (Xiao Han) to Senegal, I co-chaired, a briefing for African Ambassadors accredited to Senegal about FOCAC that will be held in Dakar from November 28 to 30, 2021.

In Dakar, Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall and Chinese ambassador Xiao Han肖晗 (top right photo) jointly convened a briefing for all local African ambassadors where they provided an outline of the four documents that will be adopted at the conference and serve as the key pillars of the upcoming forum:

  1. The Dakar Action Plan 2022-2024 (This is the most important of the four documents)
  2. The 2035 vision of China-Africa cooperation
  3. The Sino-African declaration on cooperation on climate change
  4. The Dakar declaration (most likely a sort of final communiqué)

The following day in Beijing, on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin provided more information on the forum, including the long, somewhat cumbersome title of the event “Deepen China-Africa Partnership and Promote Sustainable Development to Build a China-Africa Community with a Shared Future in the New Era.”

Wang said that FOCAC has become the “golden brand for South-South cooperation” and added that all 55 FOCAC members will attend the conference in Dakar.  Note that the reference to “55” is not a country count but instead the total number of “members” which includes 53 countries, plus the African Union Commission and, of course, China. The only African country that will not attend is Eswatini since the tiny kingdom does not have diplomatic relations with China.

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