President Cao Attended the 2nd Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Cooperation and Signed Tripartite Agreement on Cooperative Research

2015-10-09

October 5-6, 2015, the 2ndMinisterial Forum on China-Africa Health Cooperation was held in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme of “Promoting the Accessibility of Health delivery in Africa and Improving China-Africa’s Cooperation in Public Health in Post-Ebola Era”. About 200 representatives attended the forum, including ministers responsible for healthcare affairs from more than 40 African countries, and representatives from international organizations such as WHO and UNAIDS. Vice Premier Yandong Liu sent a congratulatory letter to the Forum. Director Bin Li and others from the National Health and Family Planning Commission attended the Forum. President Xuetao Cao was invited, and was accompanied by Jianwei Wang, Director of the Department of Science and Technology Administration.


The forum issuedCape Town Declaration, which formulated a road map for future Sino-Africa joint efforts to address key health bottlenecks impeding Africa’s development. Ten cooperative agreements were signed between China and Africa governments, medical institutions and research institutions. After Director Bin Li signed cooperative agreements with related African authorities on behalf of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, President Cao, represented CAMS to sign theChinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Fondation Mérieux and Charles Mérieux Infectiology CenterFramework Agreement on Cooperative Research on Infectious Diseases(Tripartite Cooperation Agreementfor short), with Mr. Benoit Miribel, the Director General of Fondation Mérieux, and Prof. Souleymane Diallo II, Director of Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center (CICM). Director Bin Li, Minister of Health of Mali, and the Consul General of France in Cape Town witnessed the signing of the agreement. President Cao was the first one to sign the sub-ministry level agreements.


Before signing the agreement, President Cao met with leaders from Fondation Mérieux and CICM. He expressed his gratitude to the partners for their support and cooperation during the preparation of theTripartite Cooperation Agreement. He pointed out that, there are no borders for infectious disease prevention and control. It is a beneficial attempt in global health cooperation through the joined efforts from China, France and Mali on infectious disease research in Africa. It could help explore a new international responding model to infectious diseases. CAMS will offer great support and create favorable conditions for the cooperative project. Director General Mr. Miribel said that, the decade-long cooperation between Fondation Mérieux and CAMS is fruitful and the two institutions work very closely. The agreement marked a upgrade for the cooperation. The French side will proactively push forward and support the cooperative program. Director Diallo II thanked CAMS for its support, and said that they would cooperate actively and work closely to facilitate the implementation and development of the cooperative project, and expand areas of cooperation.


Previously on June 30, 2015, as an effort for health diplomacy, and to implement the strategy set forth in the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, provide useful experiences for the new prevention and control model against infectious diseases which aims at moving the frontline of disease prevention to outside the border and transforming passive response to proactive initiatives, upon approval of the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Party Secretary of CAMS Liming Li signed theFramework Agreement on Collaborative Research on Infectious Diseases in Africa between CAMS and Fondation Mérieuxunder the witness of two Prime Ministers. The agreement suggested that the researches on infectious diseases in Africa make use of the local cooperative networks in Africa established by Fondation Mérieux, and appointed the Institute of Pathogen Biology of CAMS to facilitate the implementation of the cooperation. Based on the agreement, through friendly exchange of views, agreement was made on forming a tripartite cooperative relationship with Mali, one of the biggest countries in West Africa, to carry out the researches on infectious diseases. In mid-September, CAMS sent Jianwei Wang, Director of the Department of Science and Technology Administration, and Fan Yang, assistant to the Director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology, to Mali to investigate the situation of local laboratories, and discuss the details of the cooperation. On September 17, they signed a draft framework agreement with Fondation Mérieux and CICM in Mali capital Bamako, thus laying a foundation for the formal signing of the tripartite agreement.


The signing of the agreement marked that CAMS launches the cooperative project of infectious disease researches in Africa.




Under the witness of Bin Li, Director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (the second from the right at the back row) and the others, President Xuetao Cao (the third from the right at the front row), Benoit Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux (the second from the right at the front row), and Souleymane Diallo II, Director of CICM in Mali (the fourth from the right at the front row) signed the Tripartite Cooperation Agreement




The three parties shook hands to celebrate the signing of the agreement (from left to right at the front row: Prof. Diallo II, Director of CICM in Mali, President Xuetao Cao, Mr. Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux)



A group photo of representatives of the partners (from left to right: Jianwei Wang, Director of the Department of Science and Technology Administration, Mr. Diallo II, Director of CICM, Qizhi Liao, Fondation Mérieux’s chief representative in China, President Xuetao Cao, Mr. Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux, Xavier d’Argœuvre, Consul General of France in Cape Town, Pascal Vincelot, member of the Executive Committee of the Christopher Merier Laboratory)



President Xuetao Cao met Benoit Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux (left) and Souleymane Diallo II, Director of CICM in Mali (right) and exchanged gifts before signing the agreement

 

(Jianwei Wang)