A ceremony to mark the completion of the first phase of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) headquarters project was held in the southern suburb of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Jan 11, 2023.
The well-equipped China-aided Africa CDC is the first of its kind on the African continent.
The project will help African countries develop a line of defense for public health, improve disease prevention and monitoring, accelerate their pandemic emergency response, and improve the African public health prevention and control system and capabilities, in a bid to benefit the local people.
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said during the ceremony that the timely completion of the project reflects the high quality of China-Africa cooperation, and shows that China is efficient and lives up to its promises. He also said that through the joint efforts of China and Africa, the Africa CDC will make greater contributions to the health and well-being of the African people and will write a new chapter in the history of China-Africa relations.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, said that the futuristic building, a result of China-Africa cooperation, embodies the common wishes of China and Africa to develop their partnership, which is shown in the work the two countries have done to improve people's well-beings. The newly built headquarters embodies the benefits of China-Africa health cooperation.