Speech by H.E. Li Keqiang Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
The establishment of the AU to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU) founded in 1963 was envisaged at an African summit in September 1999 in Libya's Sirte.
Surrounded by small houses with sheet iron roofs in the plateau city of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, the African Union's new headquarters has become one of the city's most conspicuous and modern buildings.
China and Africa agree to make infrastructure development a priority area in their cooperation and enhance collaboration in transportation and energy.
The AU Conference Center, the construction of which is sponsored by the Chinese government, had been inaugurated on Jan 28, 2012.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Monday that the African Union is exerting an ever bigger influence in Africa and the world at large.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls on the two sides to boost collaboration in industry, finance, poverty reduction, ecological protection, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing visit to Africa will inject vitality into China-Africa economic and trade cooperation, says Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng
Chinese premier spoke highly of the role of Africa, saying the continent is a polar of world politics, global economic growth and human civilization.
Fully funded by the Chinese government and built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), AU's new headquarters is China's largest aid project to Africa since the construction of the Zambia-Tanzania railway in the 1970s.