BEIJING, The Communist Party of China (CPC) has held a seminar with African political parties to explore the mission and role of political parties in building a China-Africa community of shared future.

Song Tao, the director of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, addressed the opening of the seminar, which was held ahead the an upcoming CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting in Beijing.

Song, who briefed the participants on last month’s 19th CPC National Congress, including the concept of building a community of shared future, added that in the process of exploring paths toward modernization, China and Africa should share ideas, draw on each other’s strengths and support each other’s undertakings.

Acknowledging that political parties exert great influence in the development of countries and their engagement with other countries, Song said the CPC is willing to maintain close relations with African political parties.

More than 60 representatives of political parties from some 20 African countries attended the seminar.

Evariste Ndayishimiye, the Secretary-General of CNDD-FDD of Burundi, said his country hoped to learn from Chinese experiences, especially in promoting comprehensive development and people’s welfare.

Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli, a Central Committee member of the South African Communist Party and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, said his party was curious about the CPC’s experiences in capacity-building and how to run programmes.

In his keynote speech, Song also called for more mutual trust and learning, as well as practical and win-win cooperation, as the Chinese and African economies are highly complementary to each other.

He also recommended strengthened security co-operation and co-ordination on international affairs to contribute insights and solutions on global economic governance, sustainable development and the reform of international institutions.

“Together, we shall give a voice to the developing world and be the constructors of world peace, contributors to global development and guardians of international order,” said Song.