African Union has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce for the first phase of the construction project of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Amira Elfadil, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, and Qian Keming, Commerce Minister of the People’s Republic of China, virtually signed the MoU.
In her remarks during the signing, Amira Elfadil expressed her appreciation to the Chinese government and President Xi Jinping "for the strong and continuous commitment of leadership assisting Africa in building the necessary capacity for control and prevention of diseases" in Africa.
Ms. Elfadil remarked the AU Commission highly values the construction of Africa CDC Headquarters, and it will do all it can to help realize the project.
Qian Keming, for his part, pointed out the Construction of Africa CDC Headquarters is a concern action by China to honor its commitment made at FOCAC Beijing Summit and a vivid example to build a China-Africa health community.
The new Africa CDC headquarters building will be built in a Village, south of Addis Ababa, on a site that covers an area of approximately 90,000 square meters. The construction area alone will rest on nearly 40,000 square meters.
The facility, upon completion, will hold a fully furnished operation center, a data center, a laboratory, a resource center, briefing rooms, a training center, a conference center, offices, and expatriate apartments.