China on Monday encouraged Africa to promote specific cooperation in the development and utilization of water resources to solve water shortage problems.
Speaking at the China Africa Water Forum in Windhoek, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming said the shortage of water resources had become a big problem concerning human survival and development.
“China has the experience, resources and technology, more importantly, we have the good will to work with African countries for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation.
“Our increasingly mature artificial rainfall and desalination technologies, underground water exploration, water recycling, rainwater purification and water saving irrigation technologies are all good choices for African countries to solve water shortage problems,” Zhang said.
He said the forum can be a bridge for bilateral and multilateral practical cooperation between China and African countries.
“The China-Africa Water Forum should not only be theoretical but also practical. It is expected that this forum is committed to put their theoretical research into real programs which could benefit more and more people as soon as possible,” he said.
The two-day forum will include presentations and discussions from Chinese water resource experts, scholars, professors and engineers.
Chinese leading companies such as PowerChina Resources Limited and China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited are also taking part in the forum.