Guangdong to be the flag bearer for Sino-Africa cooperation
With more Africans and African consulates in Guangzhou than any other place, in China, Guangdong embraces a great number of businessmen, students and tourists from Africa.
Mr. Oloko believes that Guangdong Province is one of the most important regions for China-Africa relationship to develop.
Tianxiu Builiding, landmark for African in Guangzhou.
“With the Belt & Road Initiatives, there are more Guangdong-based companies in Africa. You can see many made-in-Guangdong products on the streets of Nigeria like Huawei, ZTE, Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor and more,” Mr. Oloko picked up the cellphone on the desk and showed it to us, “I myself use a Huawei Phone.”
The same is true of China, an increasing number of Africans have been seen in Guangdong to buy furniture, ceramics, tiles, home products and the building materials from Foshan, Shunde, Dongguan.
“Africans like the Made-in-Guangdong products so much because they can find more Africans here than in any other places, and you have more people who can speak English and know how to do business transactions. Also, there are a lot of direct flights from Africa to Guangzhou, so it’s convenient for them to come here.”
A new round of Sino-Africa cooperation advanced by the Belt & Road Initiative has given birth to some emerging fields of cooperation in terms of infrastructure, medicine, technology and E-commerce.
“People go online to buy things. So before they come to China, you already know what they want, and you can simply order them. That’s E-commerce, and it is what they want.” The Africa Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Nigeria Registered Company Owners has now been set up in Guangdong, further demonstrating that Guangdong is of great importance in China-Africa cooperation.