The Africa-China Centre for Policy & Advisory (ACCPA) was among the key think tanks from Africa that participated in the 13th meeting of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum 2024.

The China-Africa Think Tanks Forum is one of the important sub-forums of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Over the past 15 years, there have been 15 important international academic exchange events in China and African countries, including this 13th China-Africa Think Tank Forum and the first China-Africa Think-Tank and Media Symposium.

IMAGE: A cross-section of African and Chinese Scholars and Government representatives at CATTF 2024 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

CATTF was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic and vibrant city, where over 150 scholars, researchers, and academics from China and Africa attended and delivered various speeches and interventions aimed at strengthening research and knowledge exchange between Africa and China.

Representatives from ACCPA, including Executive Director Paul Frimpong, Advisory Panel Member Professor David Norris, and Senior Research Fellow Dr. Rosemary Mnongya, were in attendance and delivered speeches during the forum’s main plenary sessions.

IMAGE: Immediate left: Paul Frimpong, Executive Director, ACCPA; Middle: Dr. Rosemary Mnongya, Senior Research Fellow, ACCPA, and immediate right: Professor David Norris, Advisory Panel Member, ACCPA.

ACCPA’s Executive Director, Paul Frimpong, delivered a speech on how to deliver effective African agency when it comes to relations with China. He challenged African scholars and researchers to lead the debate and conversations and help African governments shape the best policies with China to secure win-win cooperation.

IMAGE: ACCPA’s Executive Director, Paul Frimpong, delivering his speech at CATTF 2024 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Professor David Norris, Advisory Panel Member of ACCPA and Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana, presented the lessons Africans learn from China’s economic development model.

IMAGE: Professor David Norris, ACCPA’s Advisory Panel Member, delivering his speech at CATTF 2024 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He characterized China’s economic model as people-centered, an approach he recommends for Africa’s own transformation agenda.

Written by: Mercy Tedeku, Research Associate, ACCPA

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