China and Africa account for nearly one-third of the global population as Chinese President, Xi Jinping pledged to step up support for Africa, adding that China will provide 2billion USD over two years to support the work of World Health Organisation WHO in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chinese President made this pledge at a virtual Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the COVID-19 held on Wednesday, co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) co-hosted by him, South African President and AU Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, and Senegal President and co-chair of FOCAC Macky Sall.
The Chinese leader said the summit was convened to discuss joint response to COVID-19 and renew fraternity with Africa. “The world must mobilise resources and do whatever it takes to protect lives, adding that China will do whatever it can to support procurement of supplies, sending medical experts, and in other diverse ways.
In his remark, Nigerian President, Muhammed Buhari urged the international community to support collaborations and initiatives aimed at sharing knowledge from research and science to fight the coronavirus pandemic, calling for humanity and to remain united to save lives as the virus knows no borders.
“The fight against a global pandemic that continues to take so many lives, threaten livelihoods and challenging the very fabric of societies, requires enhanced cooperation and worldwide solidarity. I seize this opportunity to reiterate the need for this Summit to put humanity at the centre of our vision for common prosperity.
‘We must learn lessons and share knowledge from research, as we develop more creative, responsive and humane health systems, improve crisis management protocols and support each other in the battle against COVID-19,’’ he said.
The Nigerian leader also used the occasion to commend the Chinese government, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the World Health Organization for the respective actions and measures to help developing and middle-income countries in Africa to tackle the pandemic.