Pri­ori­tise skills de­vel­op­ment: China

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

CHINA has called on Le­sotho to pri­ori­tise hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) to en­sure the so­cial and eco­nomic ad­vance­ment of the Moun­tain King­dom.

This was said by Chi­nese Am­bas­sador HU Dingx­ian yes­ter­day dur­ing a sem­i­nar on the 2015 China-aid Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Pro­gramme held at a Maseru ho­tel.

He said China strength­ened re­la­tions with Le­sotho, and other African na­tions, through HRD co­op­er­a­tion by train­ing man­age­rial and tech­ni­cal per­son­nel in var­i­ous fields and dis­patch­ing Chi­nese ex­perts on the con­ti­nent.

“In the pro­mo­tion of China-africa co­op­er­a­tion, China al­ways pays great at­ten­tion on HRD co­op­er­a­tion. As a Chi­nese say­ing goes: ‘To give a man a fish and you feed him only for a day, and to teach him how to fish and you feed him for a life­time’,” said Am­bas­sador Dingx­ian.

“China re­al­ized that HRD is cru­cial for na­tional de­vel­op­ment and with­out HRD, there would be no na­tional eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.”

He said, since the re­sump­tion of Sino-le­sotho diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1994, the Asian gi­ant had pro­vided study op­por­tu­ni­ties for govern­ment of­fi­cials and tech­ni­cal per­son­nel.

“We pro­vide full-time Chi­nese govern­ment schol­ar­ships for Ba­sotho stu­dents to study and gain diplo­mas and de­grees in China. Up to now, there are more than 1 500 Le­sotho govern­ment of­fi­cials and tech- nical per­son­nel, and more than 150 Ba­sotho stu­dents who have al­ready ben­e­fited from th­ese co­op­er­a­tion pro­grammes,” Am­bas­sador Dingx­ian said.

“In 2015 alone, we pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for 252 Ba­sotho from all walks of life to par­tic­i­pate in 63 mul­ti­lat­eral and six bi­lat­eral short-term train­ing cour­ses in China, which I be­lieve, would greatly help im­prove the hu­man re­sources in Le­sotho.”

He said the sem­i­nar was meant to ex­plore ways to make HRD co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries more ef­fec­tive.

“Since HRD is an im­por­tant and ef­fec­tive tool to raise the na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness, many coun­tries have placed it at the top of their na­tional de­vel­op­ment agen­das,” the diplo­mat noted.

“How (then) can we do a bet­ter job in our co­op­er­a­tion to im­ple­ment th­ese plans, to make our co­op­er­a­tion on HRD more sys­tem­atic, more ef­fec­tive and more down to earth, match­ing the needs of Le­sotho’s na­tional re­quire­ments? This is the rea­son we are here to­day. We need to pool our vi­sion, wis­dom and strength to­gether.”

In his re­marks, De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Min­is­ter, Mokoto Hloaele, said while the Na­tional Man­power De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tar­iat spon­sored the education of Ba­sotho stu­dents in Le­sotho and the SADC re­gion, re­sources were lim­ited.

“We, there­fore, rely on our de­vel­op­ment part­ners such as the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China for spon­sor­ship abroad,” he said.

“We are very grate­ful the as­sis­tance which has gone a long way in ad­dress­ing the skills short­age this coun­try is fac­ing.”

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