Unveiling Ceremony of Sino-Africa Center for Legal Studies and Symposium on BRI & Sino-Africa Legal Cooperation Held

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania [Time]    2019-06-13 09:07:55 
 

On May 30th, local time, the unveiling ceremony of Sino-Africa Center for Legal Studies and Symposium on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Sino-Africa Legal Cooperation were held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDS). This event was jointly hosted by China’s Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) and UDS of Tanzania and undertaken by the Confucius Institute at UDS.


Group photo

Present at the event were Mbamba, the representative for the president of UDS, Humphrey Moshi, Director of China Studies Center at UDS, James Jesseb, the representative for the dean of School of Law at UDS, Ding Tianle, Deputy Director of Education Department of Zhejiang Province, Gao Wei, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, Pan Huiju, Vice President of ZJNU, Wu Ka, Vice Dean of the School of Law and Politics of ZJNU, and Liu Yan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UDS.

In his speech, Liu Yan said that China and Tanzania have enjoyed a long-standing friendship and China and Africa have had extended cooperation in various fields. The Confucius Institute at UDS serves as a bridge of communication and exchanges between China and Tanzania. The establishment of the Sino-Africa Center for Legal Studies will be a new starting point. He believed that the center would become an important platform for legal studies in China and Africa, and he wished the center would achieve fruitful results.


Liu Yan delivering a speech

Mbangba fully affirmed the important role of the Confucius Institute at UDS in promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation between Tanzania and China. He believed that the establishment of the Sino-Africa Center for Legal Studies was of great significance and that the center would become an important platform for legal researches in China and Africa.


Mbamba giving a speech

Pan Huiju pointed out that as the BRI is gaining momentum, Sino-Africa cooperation has been constantly increasing in various fields. China has been Africa’s largest trading partner for nine consecutive years. In recent years, ZJNU has been continuously expanding its international cooperation and has so far established six Confucius Institutes overseas, among which four are in Africa. Its Institute of African Studies has become an authoritative organization for African researches in China as well as an important think tank for African affairs. He sincerely hoped that the center, on the basis of traditional Sino-Africa friendship and the solid foundation in legal and African studies of the two universities, would formulate a regular mechanism for exchanges and cooperation in legal researches, thus promoting academic exchanges and all-round interactive connectivity between China and Africa.


Pan Huiju delivering a speech

In his speech, Gao Wei expressed his pleasure in witnessing the establishment of the center, which was a new milestone in the six years since the founding of the Confucian Institute at UDS. At the time of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tanzania, with the progression of the BRI and further cooperation between the two sides, it is imperative that each should have a thorough understanding of the other’s legal system.


Gao Wei delivering a speech

Afterwards, participants, as witnesses to this historic moment, unveiled the plaque for the center.


The unveiling ceremony

After the ceremony, the Symposium on the BRI & Sino-Africa Legal Cooperation went under way. Scholars from ZJNU, UDS, Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy (MNMA) and East Africa Law Society discussed and explored the history, present and future of Sino-Africa cooperation in the field of law.


The symposium

At the symposium, Moshi gave a report titled “Effective legal system: the key point in sustainable cooperation between China and Africa”. Proceeding from China-Africa Cooperation Forum (CACF) and the BRI, he analyzed the contents, features, and functions of an effective legal system, and its significance to sustainable cooperation between China and Africa.


Moshi giving a report

Moshi believed that the founding of the Sino-Africa Centre for Legal Studies clearly indicated that a legal system was crucial to sustainable cooperation between China and Africa. He expected future cooperation between Sino-Africa Centre for Legal Studies and China Studies Centre.

Dr. Daninga from MNMA gave a report titled “Promoting Tanzanian produce processing industry under a legal system of Sino-Africa relations”. In his report, he introduced the great achievements of China’s reform and opening up and the important role that law has played in this process. He also pointed out that, small-scale produce processing industry was crucial for the livelihood of African people in sub-Saharan regions, and Sino-Africa cooperation provided opportunities for developing produce processing industry there. In their cooperation, both sides must obey laws for mutual benefits.


P. D. Daninga giving a report

In his report titled “The status and prospect of Sino-Africa legal communication and cooperation”, Wu Ka introduced the current status of communication and cooperation in legal studies between China and Africa, and proposed three suggestions for further cooperation. The first was that more opportunities of exchange and communication should be provided for teachers and students. Second, research projects must be enriched. Third, academic conferences and law workshops should be held.


Wu Ka giving a report

Dr. Li Xuedong from the Institute of African Studies of ZJNU gave a report titled “Research on recognition and enforcement system of civil and commercial decisions in China and Africa”. From the perspective of sociology and economics, he analyzed the manifestations, causes and solutions to recognition and enforcement of civil and commercial decisions in China and Africa.


Li Xuedong giving a report

With the implementation of achievements made at CACF and the progression of BRI, communication and cooperation between China and Africa in various fields are constantly increasing, leading to rapid development in economic and trade cooperation. Sino-Africa Centre for Legal Studies is expected to serve as a bridge for legal communication in Sino-Africa cooperation, and provide major support for steady and sustainable development of Sino-Africa cooperation.

This event received the attention and coverage from Daily News, the Citizen, Guardian and Chinese in Africa and other media in both China and Tanzania.

Story by Zhang Liping; photo by Wang Panfeng and Zhang Liping