Ve­hi­cle plant plans elate Lusaka min­is­ter

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By KALOBWE BWALYA

LUSAKA Prov­ince Min­is­ter, Bow­man Lusambo, is elated with a Chi­nese team that in­tends to set up a ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Chongwe. Mr Lusambo said in Lusaka yes­ter­day, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Zam­bia and China should be strength­ened so that the two coun­tries can ben­e­fit from each other es­pe­cially in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy and ca­pac­ity build­ing. He was speak­ing when a del­e­ga­tion from China which in­tends to set up a ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Chongwe paid a cour­tesy call on him. Mr Lusambo said Lusaka Prov­ince was vast in need of in­vest­ment in var­i­ous dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Chongwe. Mr Lusambo said Chi­nese in­vestors should en­sure that the in­vest­ment that they were bring­ing ben­e­fited Zambians es­pe­cially youths. Mr Lusambo ex­plained that the prov­ince which had seven dis­tricts had po­ten­tial in agri­cul­ture, min­ing, aqua­cul­ture and tourism there­fore in­vestors were at lib­erty. He urged the Chi­nese in­vestors in­tend­ing to in­vest in Zam­bia es­pe­cially Lusaka Prov­ince to con­sider Zambians as first pri­or­ity to be em­ployed so that they ben­e­fit from the in­vest­ment. He ap­pealed to the Chi­nese peo­ple to min­gle and work in har­mony with tra­di­tional lead­ers that where in Chongwe so that they ex­change cul­tural val­ues. And Mayor of Fuzhou city, Jiangxi Prov­ince Zhang Hangx­ing said China is ready to part­ner with Zam­bia so that de­vel­op­ment can be ac­cel­er­ated and to sign sev­eral friendly as­sign­ments with Zam­bia. Mr Zhang said his del­e­ga­tion is in Zam­bia to ex­plore in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties where com­pa­nies from his prov­ince can in­vest. Mr Hangx­ing said the aim of his visit was to see how the two prov­inces can es­tab­lish some friendly cor­po­ra­tion agree­ments in terms of in­vest­ments. “We are in Zam­bia to dis­cover the pos­si­ble mar­ket for ve­hi­cles that are be­ing man­u­fac­tured from Jiangxi Prov­ince in China and our area of in­ter­est is about the cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion where the two re­gion would come up with the cul­tural ex­change pro­grammes,” he said.

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