CHINA LOANS HAVE NO `HID­DEN’ AGENDA - MALANJI

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By MUKOSELA KASALWE

GRANTS and loans that Zam­bia ob­tains from China have no arm twist­ing con­di­tions but th­ese re­la­tions are of mu­tual re­spect and equal­ity, says For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Joseph Malanji. Mr Malanji told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, that the Min­istry of Fi­nance had com­menced en­gag­ing China on the con­di­tions that would best suit Zam­bia to get a grant or loan from the $60 bil­lion of­fer­ing to African coun­tries. The min­is­ter said this in re­sponse to a fol­low up ques­tion from Ka­puta Mr Maxas Ng’onga who asked what con­di­tions were at­tached to loans and grants China of­fered to African coun­tries and when the funds could be ob­tained. This fol­lowed a min­is­te­rial state­ment he de­liv­ered in the House on Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s visit to China where the Head of State at­tended the 2018 Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion ( FO­CAC) “There are no arm twist­ing con­di­tions that come with the ob­tain­ing of th­ese loans or grants. I wish to em­pha­sise that Zam­bia’s re­la­tions with China are not that of a horse and rider, but that of mu­tual re­spect and equal­ity,” he said. the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and that aris­ing from the meet­ing China in­ter alia un­der­took to con­struct an ul­tra-mod­ern Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Lusaka which would host the African Union sum­mit in 2022. Re­cently, at the FO­CAC sum­mit the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent in­di­cated that there was a $60 bil­lion fi­nanc­ing pack­age set aside for African coun­tries. Mean­while, Gov­ern­ment has plans to re­cruit 2, 000 teach­ers’ in 2018 and is un­der­tak­ing con­sul­ta­tions which will see to it that the num­ber is in­creased, says Min­is­ter of Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion David Mabumba. Mr Mabumba said this yes­ter­day in re­sponse to a ques­tion for oral an­swer from UPND Kabompo MP Am­brose Lu­fuma who wanted to find out whether Gov­ern­ment had any plans to re­cruit teach­ers this year. The min­is­ter said the re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise was ex­pected to take off at the month end of Novem­ber 2018 once the Pub­lic Ser­vice Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion (PSMD) gives con­sent.

Mr Malanji Mr Malanji said in ad­di­tion to Pres­i­dent Lungu at­tend­ing the FO­CAC Sum­mit, he also held bi­lat­eral talks with

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