Dec 4, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

African students in China seeking jobs have a new resource.

At a job fair on November 15, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), in collaboration with the University of International Business and Economics Beijing (UIBE), announced the creation of a database to make seeking employment easier for African students in China.

The one-day event’s theme was “Belt and Road and Prospects of African Youth Employment” and saw the participation of over 60 Chinese companies operating both in China and various parts of Africa—and over 400 African students across China.

Chinese and African officials are excited about the partnership.

According to a story on AllAfrica, Mandi Manditawepi Chimene, vice president of the Zimbabwe China Friendship Association and the Governor of Manicaland Province said that the fair encouraged African students to seek work in China.

Governor Chimene encouraged African students to “be of conduct. She added, “They should stick to their cultures and education and make sure they finish school in one piece.”

The Honorable Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, former South Sudan Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the South Sudan-China Friendship Association said, “The good education and training they receive in China prepares them for big responsibilities in a continent still lagging behind. The job fair provides direction and guidance on thinking and attitudes expected of these young people back home.”

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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