The Chinese Government is working with the Zambian Ministry of Labour and the Zimbabwean Government to introduce strategies that will result in a change of work altitude among Zambians.
Labour and Social Security Minister Joyce Simukoko said Zambian employees need to improve their work ethics in terms of good faith, senses of responsibility, discipline, team work and other necessary requirements.
Mrs. Simukoko said good work ethics is an important support for enterprises to achieve their own development.
She pointed out that not observing time and negative attitude towards work are common among Zambians.
Mrs. Simukoko said the poor work ethic will hamper the implementation of the seventh National Development Plan and the realization of the 2030 vision of Zambia.
The Labour Minister has since called on Zambians to actively study the Chinese people’s efficiency and emulate attitude towards work.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Yanyi said that work ethics is the basic standard that people should follow in their professional life.
Ambassador Yang said good work ethics must first adhere to the people-oriented concept to promote everyone’s overall development and value achieving.
“The second aspect of work ethics is the sense of responsibility to ensure good professional performance. The third is the sense of honesty and creditability. Without honesty and creditability, an individual cannot succeed, and a country cannot thrive. Honesty and creditability is the premise for anyone to stand tall in society, is the basis for a stable society and is the source of a country’s prosperity. And the last is the sense of service. A humble heart, willing to devote or even to sacrifice, will help make the whole society run more smoothly,” he said.
Ambassador Yang stressed that against the background of implementing the outcomes of the FOCAC and the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-Zambia and China-Zimbabwe friendly cooperation has been elevated to a new height.
“More and more Chinese enterprises have come to Zambia and Zimbabwe with their investment and Chinese, Zambians and Zimbabweans have easily become good friends through work. Due to cultural differences, the peoples of the three countries have different understanding towards work ethics, which cause misperceptions or even disputes in work and pose challenges to the bilateral pragmatic cooperation,” he said.
He expressed hope that the peoples of the three countries should strengthen exchanges, seek common ground while reserve differences, learn from each other, to work together to promote each country’s socio-economic development, and to achieve win-win situation.
The First China-Zimbabwe-Zambia Work Ethics Seminar was jointly held by the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, the Zimbabwean Embassy in Zambia and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Zambia recently in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Takawira, Zimbabwean Ambassador to Zambia Getrude Takawira said with the continuous deepening of China-Africa cooperation, it is the right time to strengthen the education of good work ethics in African countries.
She called on all African countries to learn from the successful practices of Chinese work ethics to better promote national development.