NIAMEY, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China and Niger have signed two aid agreements of 25.6 million U.S. dollars for the construction of a national referral hospital in Niamey and the purchase of 30 vehicles valued at 1.9 million dollars.
The agreement was signed on Thursday afternoon in Niamey between Niger's Cooperation Minister Bazoum Mohamed and the Chinese ambassador to Niger, Shi Hu.
The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the kick-off of the construction work of the referral hospital in Niamey. The hospital which will have a 500-bed capacity, will be the biggest and most modern hospital in the country.
During the signing ceremony, the minister noted that through this gesture, China has demonstrated its support for the government's efforts to implement the social program of president Mahamadou Issoufou.
Mohamed said cooperation between China and Niger is a model South-South cooperation which is founded on mutual understanding and effective solidarity between two countries.
On behalf of the Nigerien government and people, the minister thanked China for its involvement in efforts to improve the living conditions of the Nigerien population.
The Chinese ambassador hailed the exemplary cooperation between the two countries which, according to him, has been very fruitful for both parties.
Shi expressed hope that the two countries will continue to deepen their cooperation in other sectors such as transport, energy, infrastructure and mining.