Development Analyst Nsama Chikwanka has charged that the ten-day trip to China by all the ten Provincial Ministers will not yield any positive outcomes for Zambia.
On Sunday evening, a delegation of provincial Ministers and some officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy left for Beijing, China to attend workshops on development.
But Mr Chikwanka stated that this trip is not about Zambia’s development but about furthering Chinese interests in Zambia.
“I commend China for being relentless in seeking opportunities to further its own development interests. Truth be told, this trip to China will benefit the hosts more than the visitors, at least in the medium to long term. Why? Firstly, it is their initiative. From a development planning perspective, set its own growth targets,” Mr Chikwanka said.
He said the Chinese carried out a stakeholder analysis, developed interventions, timed them and assigned a budget.
“The 10 provincial ministers from Zambia are mere objects (as opposed to being subjects). They’ll be used to help the Chinese government deliver on its set medium to long term development goals. Let’s not lie to ourselves,” he said.
He said this trip is not about Zambia’s development adding that if it was, Zambia would have initiated and fully financed it.
“We would have planned it. In short, we would have been more strategic. For now, it’s at best mere tourism for the chosen 10.”
He added, “If you disagree, and you’ve a right to, get a copy of the Provincial development plan for any of the 10 and point out one development objective to which this activity will contribute to achieving. This trip is about access to power, authority and control as China seeks to acquire more of Zambia’s underdeveloped areas,” Mr Chikwanka said.