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China sets example for African countries to achieve prosperity: Gabonese politician

“The Gabonese Democratic Party (GDP) has a friendship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that has lasted for more than 40 years. Every leader of the Gabonese party has traveled to China to learn the governance experience of the CCP. They have witnessed the enormous changes in China’s development and deeply felt the institutional benefits of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” said Michel Philippe NZE, second deputy general secretary of the GDP, in a recent interview with People’s Daily.

The photo shows a fully electric bus in Beijing. Compared to traditional gas-powered buses, electric buses are less noisy and are equipped with air purifiers and 360-degree panoramic cameras. (People’s Daily Online/Hu Qingming)

China is the second largest economy in the world, the largest industrial country, the largest commodity trading country and the holder of the largest foreign exchange reserves. Philippe admires such developments made by the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC and praises the governance philosophy of the Chinese political party.

“The CCP adheres to a people-centered approach and always puts people’s interests first,” Philippe said, adding that this is what guarantees China’s steady progress.

In the fall, three years ago, Philippe traveled to China with a delegation from the GDP. The delegation visited technology companies and cultural organizations in several Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. They also participated in symposia attended by local citizens and professionals from various industries, from which they saw China’s development.

“I was deeply impressed by the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall. It comprehensively presents the history, status quo and future of China’s capital city planning and construction. There, I learned that Beijing retains its ancient appearance while adopting modern development approaches and methods.” Philippe told People’s Daily.

He also felt China’s prosperous green development on the streets of Beijing, where he saw shared bicycles and other green transportation. “Citizens are taking concrete steps to put green development into practice,” he said.

China and Gabon have achieved common development through the Belt and Road Initiative. In June last year, China handed over the renovated Gabonese parliament building to the Gabonese government. Five months later, a school built by Chinese companies in the African country was completed, accommodating more than 5,000 students.

Philippe praises the vision of building a community with a shared future for humanity and the Global Development Initiative, both proposed by China.

“Chinese programs have been recognized and responded to by a number of developing countries, including Gabon, and our people have also received tangible benefits from these programs,” he noted.

In March last year, Gabon received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China. “We immediately launched nationwide vaccinations. The Gabonese president and his wife were vaccinated as soon as possible,” Philippe recalled.

The second batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government to Gabon arrives in Gabon’s capital Libreville, May 2021. (Photo courtesy of Chinese Embassy in Gabon)

According to the man, the pandemic has been brought under control in his country, and there has been a significant drop in both ailments and the death rate.

“We and China offered mutual assistance in the midst of the pandemic. It would have been very difficult for us if our Chinese friends had not helped us,” he said.

China and Gabon have seen a steady deepening of cultural exchanges in recent years. It was announced last November that the French version of the Chinese drama series Minning Town, which highlights a real-life poverty alleviation project in northwest China, would be broadcast in Gabon and other countries. Africans.

“These Chinese stories of poverty alleviation can strike a chord with Africans. They bring Chinese people closer to Africans and set an example for African countries to achieve prosperity,” Philippe said.

Philippe believes that the miracle of poverty reduction in China – lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty over the past 40 years – will go down in history.

“Most importantly, it brings hope to African countries that are still hampered by poverty today,” he noted.

In March this year, Philippe attended a virtual meeting organized by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, which focused on exploring and practicing Chinese and African political parties to seek modernization paths suited to national conditions. .

Philippe shared his views on the development of political party-run media and journals in the new era. He said relevant parties should strengthen exchanges and cooperation to build a clean cyberspace and a healthy environment for public opinion in today’s highly computerized world.

The 20th CPC National Congress will begin next month. Philippe extended his congratulations to the Chinese people for their achievements under the leadership of the CPC. He said he hoped China could continue to work with other developing countries to create a better future.

(Web editor: Hongyu, Bianji)