Roundtable 2015: Reporting FOCAC6 – A Turning Point for Africa-China Engagement

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The China-Africa Reporting Project’s Roundtable 2015: Reporting FOCAC6 – A Turning Point for Africa-China Engagement will take place on November 12 at Wits Club on the University of the Witwatersrand West Campus.

Less than a month before the Sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference in South Africa on December 4-5, Roundtable 2015 will bring together international experts and journalists to analyse the public policy dimensions of FOCAC6, as well as reporting strategies for covering the conference.

The China-Africa Reporting Project welcomes all interested parties to attend the event and register as soon as possible via the registration form below.

Please click here to register.


Thursday November 12, 2015, 09:00-17:00.

The event will consist of two main sessions, with lunch served in between and followed by a closing dinner.

Session 1: Public Policy Seminar – 09:00 – 12:00

  • ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENTS AND FINANCIAL FLOWS: Between fact and fiction – Digging into the myths and realities of FOCAC economic action plans and declarations – Dr Joseph Onjala, Senior Researcher, Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the FOCAC political pillar – Ambassador Shu Zhan, Research Fellow at Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China
  • FOCAC PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: Understanding the linkages between economic, political and cultural dimensions of Africa-China relations – Dr Ross Antony, Acting Director, Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS: Role and place of the media in FOCAC plans and implementation (via web link) – Dr Bob Wekesa, Wits China-Africa Reporting Project, Wits Journalism
  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT: Mainstreaming sustainable development in FOCAC action plans and declarations – Louise Scholtz, Manager Special Projects, Living Planet Unit, WWF SA
  • AFRICA AND CHINA IN A GLOBAL SETTING: Comparing FOCAC and other North-South, South-South formations and summitry diplomacies – Prof. Seifudein Adem, Associate Director/Associate Research Professor, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University/The State University of New York, USA

Session 1: Session 2: FOCAC Reporting Strategies – 13:00 – 17:00

  • REPORTING FOCAC/CHINA-AFRICA RELATIONS: Angles, pitfalls and possibilities – Professor Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town
  • THE A-Z OF REPORTING FOCAC: What and how to look for in reporting FOCAC6 – John Bailey, former SABC/eNCA, Beijing Bureau Chief
  • MULTIMEDIA: Tools and resources for efficient and effective coverage of FOCAC6 – Eric Olander, China Africa Project/Dr Cobus van Staden, Wits University, Media Studies Department
  • GETTING THE BASICS RIGHT: FOCAC6 and telling a balanced story with Chinese voices – Huang Hongxiang, Founder & CEO, China House
  • REPORTING ON FOCAC/CHINA IN AFRICA: How to/not to – Kevin Bloom & Richard Poplak, Journalists and authors, South Africa
  • FOCAC REPORTING FROM THE FIELD: China’s contribution to end Ebola in Sierra Leone (including viewing of documentary) – Harold Williams, Journalist & producer, Sierra Leone


The Roundtable will be held at the Wits Club at the University of Witwatersrand, West Campus.


Delegates seeking accommodation for a night or two to attend the Roundtable can consider Micasa Sucasa in Melville, or alternatively the Rosebank Crowne Plaza.

The latter is only two blocks away from The Rosebank Gautrain station, 30 minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport and a short drive from the Johannesburg and Sandton business districts.


For enquiries relating to Roundtable arrangements and accommodation, please contact Jo-Anne Petersen: [email protected].

For enquiries relating to the Roundtable programme, ideas for presentations or discussions, please Barry van Wyk: [email protected].



Please complete the registration form below to confirm your attendance to enable us make the necessary arrangements for the event.