AKAR, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- More public-private partnerships in Sino-African cooperation has been suggested by a Senegalese economic operator, Abdou Aziz Sabaly, who recently led a delegation of representatives of African Chambers of Commerce to China.
"Knowing that Africa is in need of investments, especially in the infrastructure sector, we urge the African governments not only to negotiate for public-private partnerships with Chinese leaders, but also to negotiate with the Chinese private sector," he told Xinhua in an interview.
Sabaly said investments and trade are the most important anchors that should take the place of development aid.
"Such a partnership has already began between China and Angolphone countries, and the Francophone countries should be integrated into this new approach to development," the official from Senegal's Chamber of Commerce said.
He noted that China-Africa cooperation was based on complementarity." China needs Africa for economic and geostrategic reasons while Africa needs China to improve its infrastructure," he affirmed.
The African delegation led by Sabaly, was comprised of representatives from Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Comores, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
Sabaly said the African delegation visited China in October at the invitation of Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Academy for International Business Officials (AIBO).
During the visit, the delegation attended various conferences and workshops on China's evolution, its economic development, its trade relations with the rest of the world and more specifically, China's relations with Africa and prospects for cooperation.
Sabaly was full of praise of China's growth, visible both in towns and in the villages.
"The impressive growth cannot be compared to what is happening in Africa, especially in West Africa, even though we have more reasons to believe -This is Africa's Time," he said.
He praised the Chinese for their hardworking spirit and discipline, as well as their sense of communal belonging.
Sabaly was also full of praise for the Communist Party of China (CPC) for its vision of drafting five-year development plans.