MARK THE DATE: Symposium – High Time For a Common Integrated African Policy on China, Johannesburg, 20 July 2017

The Africa-China Reporting Project is hosting a symposium on a Common Integrated African Policy On China with the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on July 20 at Wits University. 

As the current co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), South Africa is uniquely positioned to guide the consolidation of the African agenda in Africa-China engagement, including the realisation of greater collaboration with the outcomes of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

The 2015 Johannesburg Summit and 6th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) marked the 15th year since the initiation of the FOCAC mechanism in 2000 and nearly a decade since the Beijing Summit of 2006. The 2nd FOCAC Summit adopted two outcome documents, namely the Johannesburg Declaration and the Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-2018), laying out comprehensive plans for Africa-China relations and practical cooperation for the next three years through a range of new ideas and policies.

In line with increasing calls for a unified African policy and strategy, this symposium presents a platform to critically examine the prospects of a Pan-African policy and strategy to guide Africa’s engagement with China, in addition to moderating the implementation of the Johannesburg Action Plan.

Speakers at the symposium will include Dr Bob Wekesa, Dr Paul Tembe, Ms Sanusha Naidu, as well as representatives from the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).


Date: 20 July 2017

Venue: Senate Room, University of the Witwatersrand (Braamfontein East Campus)

Time: 09h30

RSVP: Ms. Remofiloe Lobakeng  [email protected]


  1. Greetings I am Eric Gar. Zeegar a Liberian Journalist with interest in attending your pending conference how can I be a part?


  2. Hi,
    am Abdi mohamed from dadaab in northern kenya am very happy to see this important project of africa china project reporting as iam a journalist from northern kenya i would like to attend this important event

  3. Am kedir from Ethiopia am journalist and managing director of AKBD press Advertise and Advocacy Services

  4. Hello, I’m Bahija Belmabrouk, Investgative journalist from Tunisia. I’m working since 2002 for the Tunsisan African Newsagency TAP. I’m Honored by The AMMAN Prize for the best ithem in 2013. I’would like to participate in the symposuim.

  5. I am interested in attending the symposium. China is currently a darling of our government with several multi-million dollar road projects running or completed. It would be interesting to discover what drives this ‘love’ for China and how sustainable it is, among other areas of interest.

  6. Hello. I am Olivier Ribouis, a Beninese journalist. I am particularly interested in this symposium, which should allow everyone to better understand the contours of the Africa-China relationship. In the hope of taking part in it, I welcome this symposium in a context where all the powers are devolving on the African continent.

  7. Hi, my name is Gugulethu Ndlovu. im an intern in online newspaper in Johannesburg. i would also like to attend the event.

  8. Hello. My name is Yao Hervé KINGBEWE. I am a beninese journalist, Editor-in-chief of « Banuto » which is an investigation and analysis newspaper. I am really interested in your initiative. It would be a real pleasure for me to participate to it, not only to learn but also to contribute with interesting articles to the strengthening of the sino-african relationship, profitable to all stakeholders.

  9. Hi
    am Mable Knight from Zambia and working for the national broadcaster and I would love to be a part of this program.

  10. I am Arkia Touré, a Malian journalist. In my country, China is involved in a number of areas, including agriculture, construction of development infrastructure such as roads, bridges and many others. So I am interested in this African symposium on the integrated common policy on China

  11. Hi
    I am khethiwe Mndawe
    Journalist at African eye News Journalist and editor of Travel compass online magazine. I have interest in reporting CHINA. AFRICA informal trade, relations, import and export would like to attend this event

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