The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Chief Secretary leads Zim delegation to China

- Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspond­ent

THE Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, is leading a high-powered delegation of senior Government officials to China to pursue and follow up on investment deals and other business opportunit­ies.

The visit runs from January 14 to 22.

A statement from Dr Sibanda’s office confirmed the eightday visit.

“The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet is leading a delegation of senior Government officials to visit China from 14-22 January, 2017 on a mission to review progress on the implementa­tion of various e-Government projects, which include amongst others High Performanc­e Computing (HPC) system and the National Data Centre. The mission will also focus on discussion­s and exploratio­n of new areas of cooperatio­n in health, agricultur­e as well as higher and tertiary education, science and technology developmen­t,” it said.

“The visit depicts the determinat­ion by Government of e-enabling its systems and processes to deliver quality services to the citizenry in a quick, efficient and effective manner. This comes at the backdrop of the meeting between His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde R.G. Mugabe and his counterpar­t, HE Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, on Monday, 9 January 2017.

“The visit will focus on accelerati­ng the operationa­lisation of the projects agreed upon by the Government of Zimbabwe and the People’s Republic of China,” reads the statement.

Zimbabwe and China enjoy cordial relations dating back to the days of the liberation struggle.

The two countries want to take advantage of their excellent political relations to further economic ties.

This has seen Zimbabwe and China signing a number of strategic mega-deals covering all sectors of the economy in mining, agricultur­e and health, among others.

The good relations have also seen President Mugabe and the Cde Xi meeting twice in 2015

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