First Confucius Institute in Democratic Republic of the Congo Holds Unveiling Ceremony

[Source] [Time]    2018-08-29 09:55:29 

On August 21st, the Confucius Institute, co-established by the Congolese Diplomatic Academy and Central South University of China, held an unveiling ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). This is the first Confucius Institute in DR Congo.

Wang Tongqing, Chinese Ambassador to the country, delivered a speech at the ceremony and expressed warm congratulations on the establishment of the Confucius Institute. He said that the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is approaching. The establishment of the Confucius Institute marks the new achievements of China-DR Congo practical cooperation and is conducive to enhancing the mutual integration of culture between the two countries. At the same time, he also hoped that the Confucius Institute will cultivate more talents for the friendship between the two countries and make the bilateral cooperation more fruitful.

Aggee Aje Matembo Toto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of DR Congo, said in his speech that the Confucius Institute established by China and DR Congo is of great significance. It will become a window for the Congolese people to learn Chinese, understand Chinese culture and appreciate China’s development achievements. DR Congo is willing to continue to deepen cooperation in various fields with China and push forward the friendly relations between the two countries.

Representatives from Central South University of China and Congolese Diplomatic Academy said at the ceremony that they will do their best to operate the Institute, strengthen talent training, promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries, and build it into an important link to enhance the friendship between the two peoples.

Edouard Mokolo Wa Pombo, First Vice President of the Senate of DR Congo, and other political leaders attended the ceremony. Zhou Kechao, Vice President of Central South University, read a congratulatory letter from Hanban.

(Story by Wang Songyu, Xinhua News Agency, Brazzaville, August 21st)

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