China is funding a $40 million training school for future ruling party leaders in Africa.

(Ecofin Agency) – In early June, the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere School of Leadership welcomed the first class of 120 students who are set to take the highest positions in the ruling parties of six African countries.

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

The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere School of Leadership was founded in Kibah, a city located 40 kilometers 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 his long-term work was provided by the Chinese Communist Party through its International Relations Department, a department in charge of promoting Chinese communist ideology abroad and party diplomacy.

The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere School of Leadership welcomed its first promotion in early June, with 120 students from these six countries participating. All of them are leaders called upon to fulfill the highest duties in the parties of power.

In a letter addressed to this first establishment advance, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, expressed his wish to see the future leaders of Africa’s ruling parties. “Actively promote the strengthening of China-Africa friendship and the development of bilateral cooperation.”

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

The Chinese Communist Party has established relationships with 110 political parties in 51 African countries, according to a “white paper” released by Beijing over the course of 8e China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) held in November 2021 in Dakar, Senegal.

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