Minister of National Development Planning Hon. Alexander Chiteme presenting the 7th National Development Plan and Implementation Plan to China’s new Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie during the latter’s courtesy call on Thursday 5 June 2018. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP

The Minister of National Development Planning Honourable Alexander Chiteme, MP, has urged new Ambassador of China to Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Li Jie, to implore Chinese companies operating here to transfer skills to Zambians.

The Minister said this when Ambassador Li paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry of National Development Planning on Thursday.

Hon. Chiteme noted Chinese investment in various sectors in Zambia, and assured the Ambassador of the Government’s continued cooperation with China to achieve a win-win outcome.

“What we want to see as Zambians is skills being transfers from the Chinese nationals and imparted into our people so that we can learn and enrich our skills to do the things that the Chinese companies are doing in various sectors here in Zambia,” Mr. Chiteme said.

The Minister explained to Ambassador Li about Zambia’s Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), its Implementation Plan, and handed over the copies to the new envoy for him to understand and appreciate the country’s development trajectory.

He said Zambian provincial ministers’ visit to China to woo investors and seek possible twinning of their provinces and Chinese provinces was now bearing fruits.

Hon. Chiteme therefore encouraged the Chinese Ambassador to support the initiative of twinning the provinces as that will have direct benefit to the people.

On the scheduled bilateral meeting between the Presidents of Zambia and China, Hon. Chiteme expressed optimism that the two leaders’ meeting would yield positive bilateral agreements that would contribute to the development of the two countries.

Minister of National Development Planning Hon. Alexander Chiteme and China’s new Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie during the latter’s courtesy call on Thursday 5 June 2018. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP

And Ambassador Li said Zambia was the second largest destination for Chinese investment.He said Zambia’s favourable and attractive investment environment was the major attraction to Chinese investor as their destination of investments.

He commended the continued bilateral relations between the two countries and Zambia’s support to China at multilateral level including at the United Nations.

Ambassador Li said His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, will hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart His Excellency Xi Jinping in September this year to chart the blueprint of the next steps of bilateral developments between the two friendly countries.
Ambassador Li said he was excited about the upcoming bilateral meeting between Presidents Lungu and Li in September this year.

“In September this year, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu will go to China to attend the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing. I am very excited because that would be another opportunity for President Lungu to have a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China to chart the blueprint of the next steps of bilateral developments of our two countries,” Ambassador Li said. “This will be the second trip of President Lungu after his first one in 2015. We hope this will be another momentum of the development of the relations of our two countries.”

Mr. Li presented his credentials to President Lungu last week on 29 June, 2018 to commence his duties as China’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Zambia.

The Ambassador told the Minister and his technocrats that Zambia’s political and security stability, government and private sector responsiveness to work with foreign investors was the major attraction to the Chinese investors.

“In China we have a very strong Ministry of Development and Planning; they make significant proposals for social economic development. They are also interested in having international co-operations. At your convenient time, we would like to facilitate exchange programmes between your colleagues in the Ministry of Development and Planning your ministry,” said Ambassador Li.

The Ambassador expressed his commitment to support the twinning of Zambian and Chinese provinces.
Ambassador Li further expressed commitment to help channel Chinese tourists to visit Zambia.
The Chinese Ambassador Commended the Zambian Government for its commitment to sustainably manage its debt stock.

“Zambia has a lot of similarities with China …you have the Seventh National Development Plan, we in China are now implementing the 13th national plan…,” said Ambassador Li.

Meanwhile, Ministry of National Development Planning (Permanent Secretary for Development Cooperation, Monitoring and Evaluation) Mr. Mushuma Mulenga said the ministry will work closely with the Chinese Embassy as the Zambia implements the 7NDP.

“We know that China will be a very valuable partner in implementing the projects in the Seventh National Development Plan, which is our blueprint for the next five years,” said Mr. Mulenga.

Issued by

Chibaula D. Silwamba (Mr.)
Spokesperson
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

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24 COMMENTS

    • If you don’t put systems in place to ensure this happens, you expect them to do it?
      They are happy to continue milking us of our resources. Meantime you are busy making statements and doing nothing to ensure that your statements are realised. All talk, no action.
      Countries that are serious about building local skills put laws and systems and plans in place. They don’t just make empty meaningless statements. Anyway….

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    • The TWO people in the picture appear to be on totally different planets and I don’t see the other man listening to the lesser man. I might seem unfair and to some stup!dy but realistically I see one man in the picture looking nowhere beyond fattening himself further while the other is thoughtful and looking beyond generations for his Nation. Looking for technology transfer from ‘another man’ is not is not very sensible you have to look for technology within! Some people cannot read he body language and it’s a shame!

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    • Utter nonsense from Chiteme what policies do you have in place to mandate these Chinese to give this knowledge transfer as Jay Jay says what is your mandate as Minister??? What bills in parley have u put across or proposed to enhance knowledge transfer by foreign investors. You speak like a person from the street who can do little about it than plead. Even the 20% contracts to Zambians u still have to plead with the Chinese.Ba PF please try tò be serious this is too much. Ubupuba munasheko

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    • Shameless – This fat boy Chiteme has an MSc Finance/Accountancy and this is what he is spewing even in the photo the fat boy looks subservient. These people are so compromised that the Chinese can tell them to jump they will ask how high…

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    • African men-a real embarrassment world over. You see them dying at sea to go and rip what European and American men have developed for their women and children. Now they have started imploring the Chinese! Develop your own countries you lazy, corrupt fornicators and stop being beggars and laughing stocks. You have the resources to do it!

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  1. Yes, lets learn from our friends and improve ourselves. No matter how much animo farm talks, he will never be president in Zambia!

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    • Ubukopo, dullness who talked about animo farm? What does the headline say if at all you have bothered to read?

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  2. If you don’t put systems in place to ensure this happens, you expect them to do it?
    They are happy to continue milking us of our resources. Meantime you are busy making statements and doing nothing to ensure that your statements are realised. All talk, no action.
    Countries that are serious about building local skills put laws and systems and plans in place. They don’t just make empty meaningless statements. Anyway….

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  3. Skills transferring is a good idea if it goes with education and sense of responsibility. A nation that does not value education is a dead nation.The cost of education is hindering proper impartation of skills skills in the young ones.Most of viable and productive youths have ended up being useless because education at tertially level is not affordable.Those who can afford are children of politicians and well to do people.In most cases,these children are very irresponsible owing to the fact that they get their education on a silver plate.A child from Chibolya,who has high level of attainability,cannot afford colossal cost of education.It is a pity that no premium has been attached to the value of education.China has obtained those skills because they have education.

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    • The time for ideas is long gone …you should be fine tuning implemented policies; you as minister can not implore the Chinese to train Zambians when you are signing billion dollar EXIM Bank loans that do not allow that. Surely how stupid can one be as minister or a govt..you are borrowing from a China to use Chinese companies with zero value addition to the construction sector. There are so many construction contracts that can be modified to allow apprenticeship and training. In Europe no country would sign a billion dollar construction project with all levels not benefiting.

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  4. Ubukopo HaJealousy not happy to hear “the second largest destination for Chinese investment.” After that, we the intelligent, knew the interpretation! “Animo Farm not Happy!” You got it now?

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  5. Wrong. Too early for Chinese to hand over anything to Zambians. This is the same method Kaunda used to Europeans and this is the reason why Zambia is not developed. Allow Chinese people to develop Zambia. We will chase them in 2030. Not now please.

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  6. Where is Charmaine? Is she now the Farm Manager in Namwala? We don’t hear much about her. HaJay, please give us some updates.

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    • Are you hajealous that she could be in HHs bed ?

      Your nyele for HH is astonishing ..

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  7. This man looks more intelligent than the other photo that keeps popping up from time to time. He is even more handsome.

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  8. The Chinese know knowledge is power…..even here in the UK , take for instance the fake women’s nail bussiness dominated by Chinese , they never let anyone in, that is their little money earner…

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  9. Shame on you guys. I have worked with these so called investors who should transfer their technical know how to Zambians. What’s there for these foreigners to transfer to us when where they come from they are rejects. No wonder after 55 yrs of independence there is nothing to celebrate for. I challenge any of you to bring the so called investor to come and teach anything new especially the ones that you talking shout. All I do in my professional is teaching them and yet you and are talking about technology transfer. Yes we had investors in past who gave the skills that we have not these parasites you are talking about.

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  10. the Chinese are crooks and frugal who will not transfer their technology to you; they steal from you while you’re sleeping during the day after giving some brown envelope;

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  11. Zambian know more civil works than these prisoners u claim to teacher us they not knowing anything 2weeks the learn from Zambians and they fire them wake up Mr minister

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  12. Keep up the good works Hon, we are behind you sir…Time for talking is long gone, let them talk but you done your work.

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  13. @7.1 Thanks for confirming. When I saw HH’s smiles, I didn’t fail to stop doubting. I don’t know if this makes sense. It didn’t to me!

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  14. INVITING OUR NEW COLONIAL MASTERS, SHIHOLE PIPO WILL ALWAYS ASK TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

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