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Joining hands and dreams 2015-05-08 00:00:00   来源: China Daily Africa

Dozens mark Youth Day, development center inauguration
May 4 was China Youth Day, and 150 youths from China and Africa celebrated at the Beijing headquarters of StarTimes, a major Chinese digital TV operator in Africa.
The young people witnessed the inauguration of the first China-Africa youth development center, sponsored by the China-Africa Development Fund and StarTimes. The first center, based at StarTimes, will host educational activities.
 

Youngsters from China and Africa gather at the headquarters of StarTimes in Beijing to celebrate the Youth Day on May 4. Wang Chao / China Daily

The celebration is part of the China-Africa communication program called Joining Hands, started by the China-Africa Development Fund in December. Thirty-nine students studying in China from 21 African countries attended.
Established in 2007, the China-Africa Development Fund encourages Chinese companies to invest in Africa, and has funded 82 projects in 34 African countries.
"By doing this, we helped African governments to gain tax revenue and Chinese companies to increase their exports," says Yang Aiwu, vice-president of the China-Africa Development Fund.
This gives a chance for Chinese and African youths to communicate and to further understand each other's culture, Yang says.
This event is also the first hosted by a Chinese company, and Yang says he hopes StarTimes can set up ways for youths to learn, as well as offer jobs to students.
StarTimes entered Africa in 2002 and established a branch company in Rwanda in 2007. Now it operates in 26 African countries with more than 5 million subscribers. Apart from transmitting digital TV programs from China and other countries, StarTimes also operates seven of its own channels including music and kung fu channels.
Guo Ziqi, vice-president of StarTimes, says that among the firm's 4,000 employees, 85 percent are local Africans.
Emeka Anochiri Onye, a StarTimes employee from Nigeria, says he is proud of his job because it helps every African family to watch affordable digital TV programs.
"And I believe the youth are playing an important role in China-Africa relations." Onye paraphrased Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying life is like buttoning a shirt, if the first button is done wrong, then the others will be done wrong.
"We are the first buttons in China-Africa relations," Onye said. "My dream is that we build a stronger bond between China and Africa. I hope we can introduce more Chinese language study programs in Africa to accelerate cross-cultural communication between Chinese and African youths, and we can get a better chance to learn on site with educational scholarships," he adds.
(China Daily Africa Weekly 05/08/2015 page20)
 

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