African ministers promote investments from China

African governments and trade representatives are looking to China as a key market for exports, and they have a platform to voice their hopes and needs at the ongoing China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in central China's Changsha. Foreign minister of the West African nation Benin says exchanges with its biggest trade partner have been "fruitful", and that they hope to learn from China's technological expertise in car manufacturing, among other areas. In 2022, the value of trade between China and Africa hit an all-time high, with imports from the continent rising by 14 percent year-on-year. Officials are keen to use the Changsha event to solve common challenges facing the continent, including limits in industrial capacity and funding.

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