In September this year, the China-Africa Cooperation Forum will be held in Beijing. The heads of state, heads of government, heads of delegations, the president of the African Union Commission, foreign ministers and economic ministers from nearly 50 African countries will attend the China-Africa Cooperation Forum Summit and the Ministerial Meetings. Home and Abroad News Press is an authorized media for China-Africa Cooperation Forum. In order to further enhance China and Africa’s friendship to a higher level and provide positive energy to world peace, on August 9th, the "Witness Friendship" 2018 Summer Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Beninese embassy in China. Before the interview, all junior journalists made generous donations to Beninese out-of-school girls. At the same time, each student wrote a letter to those girls in Benin. A junior journalist wrote in the letter: “Dear Beninese girls: Today we interviewed the Embassy of Benin in china. I hope that through our donations, you will be able to retake your schoolbag and enter the classroom again. I believe that in the near future, the girls in poverty will be less and less, and all girls will go to school happily every day. I am sending you my best thoughts from long distance, we are under the same blue sky and cheer with each other for a better tomorrow...”
A famous painter from Tsinghua University drew a painting for the event. The painting shows that a little Beninese girl and a little Chinese girl are happy together, with the theme of “Under the Blue Sky”. All junior journalists signed their names on the scroll, then they passed the painting alone with their letters and donations to the Beninese Ambassador to China, Mr. Simon. He was deeply touched, and said that the charity action of the junior journalists made a great present to the “China-Africa Cooperation Forum...
During the interview period, a junior journalist asked: “Hello Ambassador! This September, China-Africa Forum will be hosted in Beijing. China and Benin will further enhance cooperation in many areas, including science, technology, innovation, culture, arts and sports. In your opinions, how can we build a sustainable and beneficial mechanism between China and Benin through China-Africa Forum?”
Ambassador Simon Adovelande said with excitement: “First of all, I would like to thank the junior journalists from various cities in China coming to our embassy today. Your donations will make the out-of-school girls in Benin return to school. On behalf of my country, I sincerely thank all of you. The China-Africa Cooperation Forum will be held in Beijing this September. Our President Patrice Talon has been invited by President Xi Jinping to China. How to build a sustainable and beneficial exchange mechanism for the younger generation through the China-Africa Cooperation Forum? I think we should start with the most fundamental education. I hope that our students can come to China to study and experience different education and life here. I hope that young people in Africa can have opportunities to learn more about China through various exchange programs and other forms of cooperation. Meanwhile, China can learn more about Africa as well.
“Hello Ambassador! Benin is a country in the west of Africa. The African land is the heaven for many wild animals on the earth. There are also many natural parks of wild animals. What policies have been issued by the Beninese government to protect wild animals, make rational use of wild animal resources and maintain ecological balance? Thank you!” another junior journalist asked.
“Wild animals are the products of the great nature. In the mountainous area of northwestern Benin at 12 degrees north latitude and 3 degrees east longitude, the natural tropical rainforest climate naturally nourishes various wild animals and plants. With rich flora and fauna species as well as the limitless energetic natural world, Benin has a nickname as 'the Latin Zone in Africa', the Beninese government has introduced many policies to protect wildlife, and wildlife conservation requires international cooperation.” Ambassador Simon said.
The junior journalists also asked Ambassador Simon many questions about Beninese tourism, education and culture. From a short video about Benin, the junior journalists saw the rich natural resources in Benin, and this lovely country has never been civil war. The ambassador told us that Benin is one of the safest countries in Africa and Benin is always a good friend of China.