CHINESE investors should not come to Zambia to sell chickens, salaula and take over other small businesses meant for Zambians, says Justice Minister Given Lubinda.
And Mr Lubinda said Government was aware of some Chinese who had continued to stay in Zambia even after their residence permits have expired which compromised the bilateral relations between the two nations.
He was speaking when the Chinese ambassador to Zambia, Mr Li Jie paid a courtesy call on him at the ministry.
“Investors should come to provide jobs and build the economy beyond what the Zambian people can do, and not come to Zambia to sell chickens and roast maize,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said the two countries had enjoyed great bilateral relations spanning decades, but that there was need for the people to engage at personal level other than just as states.
And Mr Lubinda said his office had received numerous complaints over the quality of products imported from China.
“There is need to maintain quality economic existence in terms of goods and services between our two countries by encouraging genuine products to enhance the cooperation,” Mr Lubinda said.
And the Chinese ambassador hailed the bilateral relations between the two nations, which he said had extended to all sectors of the economy including infrastructure development through its numerous companies engaged in construction.
Mr Li assured the Justice Minister of continued cooperation and support from China on various development programmes across all sectors.
The minister also pledged to continue consultations with the Chinese government on the ongoing legal reforms process.