CRI在线收听附字幕:Chinese Firms in Africa Urged to Work for Mutual Benefits

A senior Chinese official has issued a new call for Chinese companies currently operating in Africa to work toward mutual benefit.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun has made the call here in Beijing at a forum for Chinese businesses working in Africa.

"Right now African countries are focusing on how to improve their own development abilities, realize industrialization and improve people's livelihoods. They hope to deepen cooperation with China in the field of infrastructure construction, agriculture, manufacturing sector, energy, professional training and technological transfer. I think Chinese businesses should put more thoughts into those fields."

Zhai Jun also admits the economic and trade ties between China and Africa are facing "growing pains", conceding there hasn't been much progress in quality improvement.

South African diplomat Thembinkosi Gcoyi is echoing that view, saying African countries welcome the projects that can benefit their own development.

"Now in terms of the some projects that have been done on the continent, I think one of the issues that local Chinese enterprises should take into account is the issue of creating local industries, be it investment or project work, because one of things we have said is we want to create our own industries that will be able to take Africa to a higher level of development."

China is Africa's largest trading partner, with trade volumes reaching almost 200-billion US dollars last year.