China has acknowledged Zambia as its second trading partner in Southern Africa after South Africa.
Chinese Commerce Assistant Minister Hon Bingnan Wang told Zambian Ministers attending a developmental workshop in Beijing China that trade volumes increased by 18.4 percent between January and September 2015 pushing the amount to $US 2.1 billion
Hon Wang said 570 Chinese companies had invested in Zambia in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, ICT and other sectors.
Team leader of the Zambian delegation Hon.Nathaniel Mubukwanu expressed appreciation to the Chinese government for having extended an invitation to the Zambian delegation to participate in the 2016 Ministerial workshop.
Hon Mubukwanu informed the Chinese Minister that the increase in trade volumes in 2015 was as a result of Zambia ‘s business reform improvements.
He expressed confidence that the workshop would accord his delegation a deeper appreciation of how China had accelerated her development over the last 30 years with a view of learning best practices.
During the visit to China, the Zambian delegation will visit various companies in and outside Beijing manufacturing different products.