Chi­nese pledge more sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

CHI­NESE will al­ways sup­port Zam­bians in var­i­ous ways to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, Zam­bia-China Friend­ship Cop­per­belt Chap­ter Pres­i­dent Wang Xin has said.

Mr Wang, who is also Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Zam­bia-Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion (ZCA) has since de­tailed Chi­nese Com­pa­nies to give out sig­nif­i­cant Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pro­grammes in com­mu­ni­ties.

He said in an in­ter­view that CSR would strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chi­nese in­vestors and the com­mu­ni­ties, thereby re­duc­ing hos­til­i­ties be­tween the two. ''As Chi­nese In­vestors, let us try to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity with sig­nif­i­cant cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. If you de­velop a good re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity, they will not even steal from you, but will pro­tect the prop­erty of your com­pany.

Kitwe District Com­mis­sioner (DC) Bin­well Mpundu said sep­a­rately that Zam­bians should find a ways of ben­e­fit­ing from the Zam­bia-China re­la­tion­ship.

Mr Mpundu said China was an eco­nomic gi­ant whose in­vest­ment in Zam­bia should be em­braced and put to good use

"We need to im­prove. In terms of busi­ness and work, we need to find bet­ter ways of ben­e­fit­ting from the Zam­bia- China re­la­tion­ship,'' Mr Mpundu said.

Mr Mpundu also urged the Chi­nese in­vestors to ig­nore neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity and con­cen­trate on im­prov­ing their in­vest­ment and en­hanc­ing CSR pro­grammes.

"I am happy that the Chi­nese com­pa­nies in Kitwe have started en­gag­ing in var­i­ous CSR pro­grammes. We have had the sink­ing of bore­holes by the Zam­bia- China As­so­ci­a­tion, spon­sor­ing of some stu­dents to col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties,'' he said.

Mr Mpundu

Mar­garet Mwanakatwe

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