China grants 3.72 million dollars in aid to Niger
Updated: 2005-12-31 14:54
China signed a pact with Niger
on Friday and agreed to grant the African country 30 million RMB (about 3.72
million U.S. dollars) in aid, according to news reports from Niger's capital
The agreement was signed by Chinese Ambassador to Niger Chen Gonglai and
Niger's acting Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Hassane Souley Dit Bonto.
Under the agreement, the Nigerien government could spend the money on
projects agreed by the two governments.
At the signing ceremony, Souley said the assistance was another testimony to
the friendly ties between China and Niger and the great importance attached by
the Chinese leadership to the bilateral ties.
China has granted several concessional and interest-free loans to Niger under
the two countries' cooperation framework, said the minister.
What's more, the projects constructed with the assistance of the Chinese
government, such as the Zinder water supply project, the renovation of the
Kountie gymnasium and stadium and a farm tool assembly plant have contributed
greatly to Niger's poverty-reduction cause.
The two countries also have fruitful cooperation in the fields of energy,
public health, water conservancy and troops, and the bilateral cooperative
relations are a great example of South-South cooperation, said the minister.
He said Niger appreciates Chinese President Hu Jintao's pledge at the summit
marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations to give more assistance to
African countries and strengthen cooperation with developing countries. His
country is willing to strengthen the existing friendly and cooperative ties with
China, the minister added.
He also expressed the Nigerien government's gratitude to the Chinese
government and people for their continuous assistance and