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Peace, Development and Cooperation


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Peace, Development and Cooperation

China’s Private Sector and Africa have a bright future in cooperation

    Wang PingChairperson of the Chamber of Tourism, All-China Federation of Industry Commerce

                      Geneva, Switzerland Sep.13, 2006

 

Honorable Mr. President, dear delegates:

The title of my speech today represents the latest basic principle of the Chinese government in handling international relations, that is-peace, development and cooperation. Here, the world is focusing on Africa. My delegation from China also came here with the same message.

 

I. About our organization—Chamber of Tourism, All-China Federation of Industry Commerce

Founded in 2002, this organization includes entrepreneurs in pan-tourism business from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. We have put forward the concept of “Pan-tourism” ever since the foundation of the organization. We think that with the development of the society, tourism means far more than scenic spots, hotels and travel agencies. That’s why our members include private aviation companies, golf resorts, food and beverage, star-rated hotels, cashmere and wine, tourism commodity producers and traditional Chinese medicine producers and processors. Of course we also have traditional travel agencies, hotels and scenic spot businesses as our members. The reason for the extensity of our membership is that modern tourism industry has developed into a super large economic domain that incorporates over 140 economic fields. Creating a spill over effect and integrating various economic fields is the major function of this industry.

Currently we are setting up sub-chambers in 30 provinces over China so that we can build an all-inclusive member network and use it as a platform to help the development of enterprises and promote local economy.

 

II. The principle of our cooperation with Africa

In the beginning of this year, the Chinese government issued the “Document of China’s policy towards Africa”. This is the first policy document issued by the Chinese government to Africa. This year is the 50th anniversary for establishment of the diplomatic ties between PRC and African countries. The timing of issuance shows that the Chinese government attaches great attention to Africa and Sino-African relations and has been prioritizing the development of traditional friendly and cooperative relationship between the two sides.

The relationship between China and Africa has the following characteristics:

1. Time-honored friendship. In history, the Chinese and African people help and support each other and formed deep friendship while fight for nation independence. After the establishment of PRC and independence of African countries, the Sino-African relationship entered a new period. With more extensive political and economic exchanges, our brotherhood becomes more sincere.

2. Solid foundation for cooperation. Over the past half century, China has provided assistance to African countries within its capacity and without political conditions and built a bunch of projects with respect to the basic livelihood of African countries within the framework of South-South Cooperation. African countries also supported and helped China in many aspects. Over the recent twenty years, the two sides kept up with times and explored new domains for reciprocal cooperation in new ways. As a result, the cooperation in trade and other fields developed rapidly and were very fruitful.

In October, 2000, China and Africa created the “China-Africa Cooperation Forum”. Over five years’s development, it has become an effective mechanism and important platform for the two sides to strengthen collective dialogue and conduct pragmatic cooperation. This autumn, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Beijing Summit-the Third Ministerial Conference will be held in China. This will be another big event in Sino-African relations. My Chamber engages in some items of the conference. During the Forum, we will host the first African Day themed “Coming to Africa” with tourism as its focus. This African Day will be held annually in the successive years with different themes to introduce African tourism to Chinese people and enterprises.

For fifty years, the international situation has experienced profound and intricate changes while peace and development remains as the theme of this era. China has also undergone tremendous changes while the foundation for Sino-African cooperation remains the same and the friendly overall situation between the two sides remains the same.

 

III. Chinese entrepreneurs has great enthusiasm to invest in Africa

I’d like to tell you a recently happened story. In this August, China’s Sino-Africa chamber of commerce visited Africa. At the first stop, one of our delegates, Wang Jianping, the private entrepreneur from a shoe business in Zhejiang, China, found himself overwhelmed by leather business men from Kenya in a hotel in Nairobi. They had a long conversation. Later, Wang Jianping told reporters that “it is surprisingly good to be so fruitful only on the first stop of this tour in Africa.”

The moral of this story is that with a more stable political environment and steadily growing economy as well as a better investment environment and preferential investing policies, Africa is becoming the focus for Chinese entrepreneurs to make investment. In return, Chinese entrepreneurs are very popular in Africa. According to statistics for the civil Sino-African chambers of commerce, FDI made by Chinese businesses accumulated to 1.18 billion. 700 foreign investment enterprises are approved and filed by the Ministry of Commerce. Experts estimated that the next five to eight years will be the “golden period” for Chinese enterprises investing in Africa. World Bank projects that in the next five to ten years, Africa is hopeful to maintain an economic annual growth rate of 3.5%. China has undergone over twenty years’s reform and opening up, and many products “made in China” have become famous brand. China’s enterprises, especially the private enterprises, all face the question of how to go further. The private enterprises enjoy a larger potential and advantage due to their flexible mechanism, decisive policy making and quick flow of cash.

Now I’d like to touch upon China’s tourist market especially the outbound tourist market. In 2005, domestic tourists were 1.2 billion and inbound tourists exceeded 30 million. China’s outbound tourists also exceeded the 30 million gateways and reached 31.03 million, among which 25.14 million went abroad for private purposes, up by 9.4% and accounting for 81.0% of the total outbound tourists. The number of inbound tourists was only 20.25 million. In the past five years, the average growth rate for outbound tourists was 24.95% and that of outbound tourists for private purpose was as high as 35.99%. China has become the fastest growing emerging tourist source country in Asia.

Statistics shows that the average consumption volume of Chinese tourists in France is about $3000, over three times that of European tourists. Besides, according to information from the Australian ambassador in China, the average consumption volume of Chinese people in Australia equals to 20,000. Investigation conducted by IPK International Travel Monitor and Consultancy Company shows that in a 12-night outbound travel, the per capita consumption of Chinese tourists was $2090. In all, Chinese outbound tourists have great abilities in consumption.

China is a big country with 1.3 billion populations. After a long time of closing, most Chinese people want to “go out for a look”, therefore, there is great potential demand in outbound travel. With China’s rapid economic growth, people’s higher income generation and a simplified procedure for outbound travel, this potential demand will become effective demand. At present, China’s outbound travel is in a fast growing period. From an overall economic growth perspective, if there’s no reversely affected incidents (such as SARS and wars), it is estimated that the next ten years will witness a 15-20% average annual growth rate in terms of outbound tourist population. By 2010, China’s outbound tourists will reach 56 million. China will play a bigger role in the international tourist market and make great contributions to promoting the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific area and the world at large.

Chinese tourists shall undergo a strange-to-familiar process about African tourist market. Now they are still in the process. Statistics show that Chinese tourists in Africa were 110,000 in 2005, up by 100% compared with 2004. South Africa hopes to attract 50,000 Chinese tourists in 2007 while the figure in 2001 was only 13,000.

At present 16 African countries have been approved as the tourist destination for the Chinese people and Africa’s service industry will benefit from this.

At the beginning of this December, I will lead the Chinese entrepreneurs’ delegation to have an investigation tour in Africa for tourist resource investment and cooperation. This will be the first delegation of China’s private entrepreneurs to Africa after the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation-the Ministerial Conference. We can optimistically project that Chinese tourists in Africa will grow at a geometric progression. So I’d like to raise a friendly question to our African friends-are you ready?

 

Wang PingChairperson of the Chamber of Tourism, All-China Federation of Industry Commerce

                      Geneva, Switzerland Sep.13, 2006

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