The first Africa Day, hosted by the African Consulates General in Guangzhou, will be celebrated in the city on 24th May, 2018.
Officials of the People’s Governments of Guangdong, Fujian, Yunan, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Hainan and Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Provinces, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Africans in Diaspora will join in the celebration.
The first African Consulate General in Guangzhou was established in 2009, and today, the number has risen to 10, including the countries: Angola, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.
Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union AU) on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in all the member countries of the AU on the African continent, as well as around the world.
Moreover, Africa Day 2018 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth, eradication of corruption in governance and sustainable development.
According to the African Consulates General in Guangzhou, Africans depend on the support of friends and allies, especially China to achieve their objectives. This is against the backdrop of President Xi Jinping’s signature idea, the Belt and Road Initiative, whose impact is being felt in the area of infrastructural development throughout the African continent.
Reported by Monica Liu
Edited by Olivia Yang