PRESIDENT Banda said yesterday that his trip to China was successful, especially that there was a number of projects and opportunities discussed with the Chinese Government and investors.
Mr Banda, who completed his state visit to China on Wednesday by touring ZTE and Huawei Technologies, held two separate meetings with the companies’ top executives.
He urged the two Chinese telecommunication companies to consider setting up manufacturing firms in Zambia in addition to their operation offices.
This is contained in a statement issued from Shenzhen, China, by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Dickson Jere.
“The two companies assured the President and his delegation that they will positively consider the invitation to set up manufacturing branches in Zambia,” Mr Jere said.
The President also invited various telecommunication companies to set up international call centres in Zambia as the country has adequate human resource to handle such projects.
Mr Banda said he would like to see Zambia become a centre of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and urged the telecommunication firms to consider partnering with Government in establishing an ICT training centre which will cater for the African region.
He said his trip to China was successful, especially that there was a number of projects and opportunities discussed.
While in China, the President held meetings with his counterpart Hu Jintao and other senior Government officials where they discussed bilateral issues which mainly focused on political and economic co-operation.
The two leaders pledged to continue strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
And President Hu announced additional scholarships to Zambia of up to 164 students to study in various fields in China.
The two Presidents also witnessed the signing of five key agreements in different fields which include mining and geology co-operation, financing of the construction of a new stadium and the development of an economic sub-zone in Lusaka.
President Banda and the Chinese Government also discussed Zambia’s possibility of accessing financing from the US$10 billion set aside by the Chinese Government for projects in Africa.
Zambia presented projects for possible funding which include water and sanitation in Lusaka, drilling of boreholes in rural areas, improvement of urban roads, mobile hospitals and procurement of boats for Luapula and Western provinces.
The President invited Chinese tourists to consider Zambia as one of the priority destinations for tourism when they travel out of China.
Mr Banda said Zambia has beautiful sites which Chinese tourists should consider to visit, especially that over 40 million Chinese tourists travel outside their country annually.
President Banda, First Lady Thandiwe and other senior Government officials were yesterday due to leave China via Hong Kong on their way back home.
The Zambian delegation to Shenzhen included Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Kabinga Pande.
Other ministers who were in President Banda’s delegation returned to Lusaka after completing their assignments.
[Zambia Daily Mail]