Chinese Embassy in The Gambia on Friday held a reception in commemoration of
the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The event, held at the Chinese Embassy in Bijilo, was attended by senior government officials, diplomats and other invited dignitaries.
Zhang Jiming, Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia, said 1 October marks a historic day for China and the world.
On this day, 68 years ago, the Chinese people stood up for political independence and freedom, and became the masters of their own.
“The People’s Republic of China has since been called the New China,” the ambassador said.
He said the New China started the process of reform and opening up 39 years ago, and has now become the world’s second largest economy, the second largest direct overseas investor, the biggest trader of goods, the second biggest trader of services and the largest trading partner for most countries in the world.
The Chinese diplomat said under the New China reform process, the new concepts of innovative, coordinated green, open and shared development are being fully implemented.
“Against the uncertainties in the world economy, China pushes forward supply-side structural reform and opens up wider to the outside world and its economy maintains a medium-to-high speed of growth,” Ambassador Jiming said.
From 2013 to 2016, China tops among other countries with an annual Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.2 per cent and contributes more than 30 per cent to the growth of the world economy.
He said in the past five years, China has given higher priority to employment in pursuing development, as well as encouraged more people to pursue entrepreneurship and innovation. “As a result, over 13 million new urban jobs are being created every year, and surveyed urban unemployment rate has been kept at around 5 percent.”
The ambassador said new industries, new business forms and models are sprouting up as the potential of mass entrepreneurship and mass innovation is unleashed. Various forms of sharing economy and life, based on wider application of Internet technology are getting trendy in China. “Now there are over 40,000 new market entities being set up every day in China, among which some 14,000 are newly registered enterprises.”
Ambassador Jiming said over the past five years, China has significantly raised the standards of basic social welfare for its people.
Through continuous endeavour, three social safety nets , covering the entire population have been put in place, i.e. basic pension system, basic medical care system and nine-year compulsory education.
The programme also saw the distribution of free copies of New Gambia magazine’s special edition on China’s contribution to the world economic development, by the Ambassador.
The managing editor of New Gambia, Saloum Sheriff Janko, said their partnership with the Chinese embassy “will be a continuous process”.