Vice President Inonge Wina says the Sichuan Province twinning programme is the best route to accelerate Zambia’s industrialization agenda.
Mrs Wina says the overwhelming going by responses from Chinese investors in China’s Sichuan Province the programme will spur the establishment of industries in Lusaka and the country as a whole according to the economic potentials of the respective regions.
She added that the twinning of Lusaka and Sichuan provinces as well as Chongwe and Mianyang City will cement the already existing good bilateral relations between China and Zambia.
ZANIS Staffer Chimangeni Banda reports that Mrs. Wina was speaking at Chengdu International Airport before departure for Zambia today after a week-long official visit.
“My expectations have been more than met. This is the most successful trip we have taken and we have established ourselves in Sichuan to cement the good relations we have to develop our country and improve people’s lives , ” she said.
The Vice President described the Sichuan cooperative agreement as best development cooperation deal Zambia has signed with China in recent times.
Mrs Wina said Zambia’s socio-economic landscape can only change positively by taking advantage of people to people relations and contacts in order to translate the development framework into reality.
She said the twinning programme will also help Zambia learnt best practices in implementing the decentralization programme which has been well executed in China.
The Vice President praised the private sector in largest Asian nation for participating fully in the most successful development cooperation mission to date.
“We can do much better as a united force as Zambians working together addressing a common cause”, she said.
Mrs Wina thanked President Xi Jinping’s administration and the people of China for continuing to be Zambia ‘s strategic development partner.
The Vice President commended Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda and her staff for the initiative that has established a Zambian presence in Sichuan province to exploit trade, economic and cultural ties.
Mrs Wina directed that the Zambia Week should be a continued programme of marketing Zambia’s investment potential, tourism and cultural exchanges.
She said government will give Ambassador Chibesakunda all the necessary support to ensure that the twinning programme succeeds and is rolled out to the Zambia’s other nine provinces.
She also paid glowing tribute to the Zambian cultural dance troupe and artists for exceptionally demonstrating the best of Zambia during the Chengdu International Youth Music festival that was held from July 27 to 30 this year.
She appealed to young Zambians to believe in themselves and use their talents to contribute significantly to the development of the country.
The Vice President was seen off by Lusaka province minister Japhen Mwakalombe, Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie ChibesaKunda, Vice Secretary General of Sichuan Province People’s Government Zhao Weiping , Zambian government officials and other Chinese officials.