Co-hosted by Northwest University’s School of Foreign Languages and Centre for African Studies, the first “Chang’an-Africa Forum” took place on May 15. The academic symposium was attended by diplomats from countries including Zambia, Togo, Ghana, and South Sudan, and leading experts from over 10 research institutes affiliated to International Department of Central Committee of CPC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Development Research Centre of State Council of China, China-Africa Institute at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University and Nanjing University.
Guo Lihong, president of Northwest University welcomed all the guests and scholars in his speech, where he also introduced how international and area studies develops at Northwest University. Chola Musonda, First Secretary of Embassy of Zambia to China congratulated Northwest University for successfully hold this event. He also spoke highly of the remarkable achievements of CPC in national governance and its participation in global governance. People-to-people exchanges, with educational exchanges in particular, he stressed, plays a pivotal role in bolstering China-Africa Cooperation. After the main forum, sub-forums on topics including socio-economic development, China-Africa relations and laws, and international and area studies, were hosted.
Research institutes such as China-Africa Institute, Chinese Society of African Historical Studies, and Centre for West African Studies at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China sent congratulatory letters to the forum and the Centre for African Studies at Northwest University.