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DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of more than 100 Chinese investors has confirmed to participate in the China-Tanzania investment forum to be held in Dar es Salaam, the commercial hub of Tanzania, on Sept. 25, organizers have said.

Huang Zaisheng, chairman of Sinotan Industrial Park in Tanzania and coordinator of the forum, said the forum has been guided by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and jointly organized by the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC), the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI).

Huang told a news conference in Dar es Salaam Monday that the Chinese delegation will comprise more than 100 economic and trade representatives led by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Zhejiang Provincial Committee and the Jinhua Municipal People's Government, also in Zhejiang Province, east China.

The Zhejiang-Jinhua enterprises span various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, machinery and equipment, daily household products, and logistics services, Huang said, adding that the Chinese investors aim to establish long-term partnerships with Tanzanian government departments and businesses.

John Mnali, TIC's director of investment promotion, said statistics showed that China was the largest investor in Tanzania, adding that Tanzania will use the forum for exploring investment opportunities that require cooperation with Chinese investors.

Leodegar Tenga, CTI executive director, said Tanzanian industrialists looked forward to attending the forum, stressing that China is a perfect partner when it comes to the development of an industrial economy.

Yang Zeyu, an attache in the economic and commercial sector of the Chinese embassy in Tanzania, said China has been Tanzania's largest source of investment. "The cement, ceramics, glass, and cables produced by Chinese companies in Tanzania have boosted Tanzania's industrialization process." - Xinhua

Africa and the Caribbean share deep historical and people-to-people ties. Indeed, the African Union has identified the Caribbean as Africa’s sixth region. The shared experience of the climate emergency has created another commonality, and one that presents an existential threat to both regions, particularly for small states.

African governments, similar to their Caribbean counterparts, have limited capacity to respond to the climate crisis due to debt distress and economic shocks, necessitating urgent action including debt relief and increased liquidity.

Building on Bridgetown 2.0 and the Paris Pact, the Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in September can help advance a transformational agenda to reset and reshape trade and investment relationships to build climate resilience.

However, we need to move swiftly from high-level policy discourse to tangible actions, where it matters on the ground. The private sector must be a central driver of this transformation, supported by appropriate policy frameworks. Whilst commitments at the highest levels must be secured, direct business-to-business engagement is imperative, particularly in deepening South–South trade and investment relationships.

There have been a number of recent high-level initiatives aimed at strengthening trade and investment ties between Africa and the Caribbean, such as the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum. The ACS will primarily focus on driving green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world. The expected outcomes, including those outlined in the Nairobi Declaration, will enable African countries to develop detailed plans and secure investments to support green growth, not only on the continent but also globally, as Africa plays its part in supporting decarbonisation efforts elsewhere.

The ACS also includes a focus on sustainable agriculture – this is an area where the Caribbean has demonstrated strong commitment, at the highest levels, to deploy technology, alongside digitalisation and innovation. Incentives are being provided across the board to support investments in this sector.

Addressing the climate emergency through greening trade must go hand in hand with tackling food insecurity and encouraging agricultural production, which is also a priority in the Caribbean. Caribbean leaders have a clear goal of reducing food imports by 25% by 2025. However, to be successful in this venture and to build true climate resilience, stronger partnerships and deeper collaboration are required.

South–South linkages offer a viable option for fostering direct business engagement and the transfer of know-how, thus bringing the call to action and the Nairobi Declaration to life.

Guy Goma Goma looked surprised from the start but bravely answered questions from presenter Karen Bowerman. Photo: BBC

Guy Goma, who went viral after being interviewed by mistake live on BBC News, has said he is planning to sue the corporation over a lack of royalties originating from the clip. Goma arrived at the corporation’s headquarters in 2006 for a job interview as a data cleanser but he ended up being interviewed on BBC News 24 after the corporation staff confused him with an IT journalist called Guy Kewney.

The IT journalist had been booked to speak about trademark rights and music, particularly a legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Computers. Goma looked surprised from the start but bravely answered questions from presenter Karen Bowerman. The viral blunder has since been viewed over five million times on the BBC’s YouTube channel but Goma said he is yet to receive any royalties from the interview.

“I contacted them, they didn’t answer me. Did they pay me for that interview? No,” Goma told the Accidental Celebrities podcast. “They are waiting for me to take them to the court.”

 

Podcast hosts Josh Pieters and Archie Manners subsequently asked Goma if he had plans to sue the broadcaster. He replied: “I’m going to go … because of the money they made on it and they didn’t give me any single penny.”

He said that the BBC has been using the clip for 17 years with “no penny to me”, adding “that clip made them richer”.

Goma further disclosed how he was given make-up at BBC studios ahead of the interview. “I said ‘excuse me, I don’t need that, I just came for the job interview, I don’t need make-up’.” 

Goma said he told the BBC after the interview that it had interviewed the wrong person. He said he did not hear from the broadcaster for a week and he missed the job interview. The BBC has not yet commented. Goma said he is also planning to write a book called Wrong Guy. Face to Face Africa

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