On April 19, 2016, Ambassador Zhang Jun, Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China held a dialogue on the G20 Hangzhou Summit with representatives of African countries at the African Union (AU) Convention Center, and met with Dr. Nokosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, and Egyptian and South African Ambassadors to AU.
Amb. Zhang introduced the theme, agenda items, designed deliverables and preparatory progress of the G20 Hangzhou Summit during the dialogue and meetings. He pointed out that the world economy is facing various difficulties and challenges, and the international community has high expectations on the Hangzhou Summit. The Chinese presidency attaches great importance to the preparatory work of the Summit, and is working together with all members to enhance macro-economic policy coordination, promote innovation and structural reform, and take meaningful measures in fields like trade, investment, finance and energy, at the aim of improving global economic governance and revitalizing the world economy.
Amb. Zhang emphasized that the foundation of global economic growth cannot be solid without the sustainable development of developing countries, including African countries. The Chinese presidency has made the development issue a priority of the Summit, and invited more developing countries including African countries to participate in the preparatory process. While giving development prominence in the global macro-policy framework, China is making great efforts in encouraging the G20 to play a leading role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Chinese presidency has also worked on other members to pay more attention to and support industrialization in Africa, as well as issues such as inclusive business, employment and food security.
Amb. Zhang said that the preparatory work of the Hangzhou Summit is proceeding smoothly with increasing consensus and confidence from members, and some important early harvests have been achieved. The Chinese Presidency is willing to work together with all parties including African countries for positive outcomes of the Summit.
The African representatives expressed their gratitude for the outreach dialogue and appreciation on the policy design and preparatory work of the Hangzhou Summit. They also indicated their strong confidence in the success of the Summit and the G20's leading role in effectively coping with global challenges faced by the world economy, spoke highly of the Summit's focus on development, and raised constructive suggestions and opinions on issues like the 2030 Agenda and African industrialization.