Chinese enterprises and research institutes working in Africa have teamed up to help boost local economies and China-Africa cooperation.
They have been working together to develop various products that have created new markets and economic opportunities for local people.
Kenya Botanic Diamonds was founded in 2016.
It's been investing in plant cultivation, especially herbs that are peculiar to Africa, and working on the development of various special products.
Company CEO Cui Chaojie says some of their featured products have become very popular since their first participation in the China International Import Expo.
"We went to the first CIIE in 2018, and we brought some moringa oleifera and some tea, both are plants that grow in Africa. The tea leaves are purple, which is new to the crowd. It grows near the equator and in the volcanic soil. So it has high anthocyanin content and is rich in selenium."
Farmers cultivate onions in a field near Kimana Sanctuary in Kimana, Kenya, on March 2, 2021. [Photo: CFP]
Cui's company has received great support from the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
They have conducted research on various Africa's plants, and developed products that are now featured in the Chinese market.
He says one of their popular products is a toothpaste made from an African plant.
"In Africa, especially in the tribes, people brush their teeth with a wooden stick called miswak, which comes from a kind of tree named Salvadora persica, or the Toothbrush Tree. We worked with the scientists, and developed the toothpaste product."
The Sino-Africa Joint Research Center is working with many Chinese enterprises that invest in Africa and provides them with scientific and technological support.
Dean Wang Qingfeng says they want to assist in social and economic development efforts in African countries.
"We are associated with many enterprises and individuals. We provide farmers with planting technology and help them connect with enterprises. We also do quality control and provide instructions. Through this way, farmers' income will increase and enterprises will benefit."
Since 2013, the research center has enrolled about 200 postgraduate students and 60 PhD students from 14 African countries.
"They do studies with the Chinese scientists on the professional fields that they are interested in, and go back to their countries after getting their degrees and help with local development. We also organize academic exchange activities, inviting young African scholars to come to China and conduct short-term studies."
Wang says Africa has great potential, and its cooperation with China in scientific research has seen preliminary progress.
He says such cooperation is important for Africa's development, expecting further progress will be made in the future.
原文链接：China-Africa sci-tech cooperation in progress (cgtn.com)