China is allocating $ 40 million to a training school for future leaders of the ruling parties in Africa

(Ecofin Agency) – In early June, the Mwalim School of Leaders Julius Nyerere welcomed its first class of 120 students to rise to the top positions in the ruling parties of six African countries.

The Chinese Communist Party has funded a $ 40 million school to train future leaders of Africa’s ruling parties, the daily reported. South China Morning Post Tuesday, June 21.

Named the Mwalim Julius Nerere School of Leadership, it was founded in Kibaha, a town 40 km west of Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam.

The school was built by the ruling parties of six African countries: Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola. Additional funding for its long-term activities was provided by the Chinese Communist Party through its International Relations Department, a department responsible for promoting Chinese communist ideology abroad and guerrilla diplomacy.

In early June, the Mwalim Julius Nyerere School of Leadership welcomed its first event, which was attended by 120 students from these six countries. All of them are leaders who are called to perform the highest duties in the ruling parties.

In a letter to the first establishment promotion, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also serves as secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party, said he wanted to see future leaders of Africa’s ruling parties. “Actively promote Sino-African friendship and the development of bilateral cooperation.”

Like many other countries in southern Africa, Tanzania was heavily influenced by Maoism and Chinese communist ideology in the 1960s and 1970s under President Julius Kambaraj Nyerere. Five decades later, echoes of Chinese socialism are still heard in the country, as in many other African countries. Ruling parties seek inspiration from China’s model of economic and political governance, including by allowing their leaders to participate in “study trips” in China at the invitation of Beijing, reports South China Morning Post.

The Chinese Communist Party has established relations with 110 political parties in 51 African countries, according to a “white paper” published by Beijing for 8e The Sino-African Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) was held in November 2021 in Dakar, Senegal.

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