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November 25, 2015

FOCAC side event: The China-Africa nexus as partnership to combat wildlife poaching

The China-Africa Reporting Project is collaborating with China House and several other partners for an event that will bring together prominent Chinese business leaders in Africa with China-Africa experts and conservationists to discuss challenges and opportunities of facilitating a China-Africa partnership on wildlife conservation.

We invite all interested parties to attend the event at Wits:

Wednesday 2 December 2015
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Senate Room, Senate House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (campus map)
Organizers: Wits China-Africa Reporting Project; Southern Africa Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Liaison Association; Global Max Media Group; Mara Conservation Fund; Elephant Protection Initiative; Stop Ivory; Humane Society International; China House
To RSVP please contact Huang Hongxiang at or +27 793032631.

Click here to view a full programme of the event.


Speakers and panelists who will participate in the event include:

  • Zhou Yuxiao, former Chinese Ambassador to Zambia
  • Yu-Shan Wu, Foreign Policy Researcher, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • Damien Mander, Founder, International Anti-Poaching Foundation
  • Si Hai, Chairman, Southern Africa Shanghai Industrial & Commercial Liaison Association
  • Huang Hongxiang, Founder of China House and alumnus of the Wits China-Africa Reporting Project
  • Dr. Cobus van Staden, Lecturer, Media Studies of Wits University, Co-founder of the China Africa Project
  • Iris Ho,Wildlife Program Manager, Humane Society International
  • Andrea Crosta, Co-founder, Elephants Action League
  • Alexander Rhodes , CEO of Stop Ivory and representative of the Elephant Protection Initiative

Proceedings will culminate in the signing of a declaration pledging support for combating the illegal wildlife trade, which will be presented to the FOCAC Joint Secretariat.

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