Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that his country will extend a total of 60 billion U.S. dollars of financing to Africa.
In a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Xi said the financing will be provided in the form of government assistance as well as investment and financing by financial institutions and companies.
He also said that China will exempt certain African countries from outstanding debts incurred in the form of interest-free Chinese government loans due by the end of 2018.
According to him, the exemption will be granted to Africa’s least developed countries, heavily indebted and poor countries, landlocked and small island developing countries that have diplomatic relations with China.
Xi also said China will implement eight major initiatives with African countries in the next three years and beyond, adding that they will cover fields such as industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, and green development.
This comes as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visits China for the three day FOCAC summit.
The president is due to return to the country today.