The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is a millennial legacy of Centuries Old Africa and Asian ties, Senegalese Academic & Historian Professor. Mamadou Fall said in a recent Interview.
According to Professor Fall, who also teaches in the history department of University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, this initiative did not come out of nowhere, it is a long-standing heritage which has linked China to Africa for millennia.
“BRI is return to past of Cooperation, Support & Friendliness that stands the Test of Time”
He indicated the Belt & Road Initiative is ” return to a past of cooperation, support and friendliness that stands the test of time”.
For him, “it is a thousand-year-old heritage of secular ties between Africa and Asia” that China seeks to consolidate through a program that is at once economic, financial, cultural and even institutional.
By bringing the peoples of the whole world to join hands for a good distribution of financial, economic and technological resources as part of a win-win cooperation, the Senegalese historian considered the BRI is a multidimensional cooperation program different from unilateralism.
“The BRI is not wishful thinking. It is a legacy of history, something that stands on its own, a principle of deeply egalitarian cooperation,” said Fall.
This cooperation is no longer in “the asymmetry where there is a centre trying to take advantage of a periphery”, said the Senegalese academic, adding that it is “several peripheries that work in the direction of a globalised world where everyone with their potential will benefit from the experience of the other.”
“It is a model of cooperation which leaves no room for development of underdevelopment. A Country which adheres to this program benefits from an immense financial program and from technological, economic, commercial and cultural experience”, he noted.
For him, Cultural Cooperation and that of the Education Sector can lead to boost the educational potential of a country like Senegal.
“It is an initiative that is the heir to a long tradition of Cooperation between Africa & Asia that the Chinese are seeking to consolidate within the framework of a more open and more massive program,” he said.
This program according to him; “mobilises energy, science, capitals to allow itself to be at the service of a win-win cooperation where Africa can find its place on an egalitarian basis.”