Urbanization of Africa becomes a key point in World Economic Forum on Africa 2012
World Economic Forum on Africa 2012 has been ended on May 11th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to the report of Muhammad Ali Pate, Minister of State for Health of Nigeria, urbanization of Africa will become a major issue because of the tremendous pressure cities face with respect to population growth.
According to a new French analysis of demographic trends, there is only one city of Africa that had 1 million residents in 1960, now, there are 40, and the rural exodus is continuing at such a pace that already strained cities are struggling to provide services, like health care, and infrastructure, like sewage treatment, enough to support the population growth.
Urbanization is a global problem, especially for Africa, with several complicated issues which is essential for further economic growth. From planning a city to caring for its inhabitants; the urban environment holds challenges and potential for economic and social positive change.
“There exists urgent need of improving the living condition and healthy, and rebuild of infrastructure is a main guarantee for this.”Zhong Jianhua, China’s special representative for African Affairs said to reporters, “China will always be a main partner of Africa, and we are planning to sign contracts about the infrastructure of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is headed for a ‘population emergency’”.
As for the cooperate companies, China government has strict demand on these , high technology, environment-protecting and working safety are the main conditions, and DSMAC ,China leading construction manufacture, has be chose as the first one for its record of zero incidents, high working efficiency and no harm for the environment.
Urban growth is a continuing problem that will affect Africa cities without proper city planning, so the construction cooperation should be paid attention, if Africa can solve the issue effectively, the economic will run at an amazing speed
“I feel very grateful for China government offering assistant projects, like the low financing or concessional loans for infrastructure projects, large economic investments, etc. Thus offer great help to the local economic development. In the future, more trade activities will be host between us and mutual development is always our goal. ”said Blade Nzimande.
Fats showed that Chinese investment can not only promoted Africa’s economic development and transformation, but also to promote social harmony and political stability.
“According to the SAIIA, China in Africa research project investigator, China has been regarded as the third largest trading partner Of Africa, after the European Union and the United States, however, it will becoming a top trading partner to Africa soon.” Lu Hong Bo, a senior engineer of DSMAC Group, vice-president of China Gravel Association and China Foundry Association said.
By 2011, Chinese investment in Africa reached 92.8 billion yuan (US$ 14.7 billion), covering mainly finance, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and construction, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Nearly 70% of PRC infrastructure financing on the continent reportedly is concentrated in Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Sudan, etc.
Zhong Jianhua, China’s special representative for African Affairs, said: “As Africa has made its effective way of developing, China will add its investment on the infrastructure of Africa and more projects will be seen on Africa land. At the meantime, government also set SMEspecial loan in Africa, many famous domestic infrastructure related companies will be listed on the plan, like Sweett, DSMAC, China Construction First Building(Group) corporation limited, Liming, etc.”
Africa is still on the way of developing, especially of its infrastructure, and there is no doubt that the world economy, a growth point in Africa, should do to prepare forAfrica’s economic development soar.
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