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China assures Zambia that it will build the conference facilities for the 2022 AU Summit

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Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda addresses journalists at State House in Lusaka on Monday -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

The Chinese government has assured the Zambian government that it will build conference facilities at Mulungushi International Conference Centre to help Zambia host the 2022 African Union Summit.

State House Spokesperson Amos Chanda told journalists at state house that the Chinese government sent as a special envoy to deliver a message to President Lungu to reassure him that China will build the conference facilities with a capacity of 3, 500.

Mr Chanda said the Chinese Special Envoy told the President that China has finally approved a grant to Zambia for the construction of the conference facilities and not a loan.

He said the grant which amounts to about US$30 million dollars will also be used to renovate and upgrade the existing structures at Mulungushi International Centre besides building three conference facilities.

Mr Chanda disclosed that the Chinese Special Envoy who is the ambassador to Zambia, Li Jie also delivered a message of goodwill to President Lungu on his 62nd birthday and discussed matters of bilateral cooperation with the head of state at state house.

He said besides the message of goodwill the Chinese ambassador also assured the President that Zambia is being considered for funding under the US$60 million Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), arrangement which the Chinese President announced this year.

Meanwhile, State House has confirmed that Russian President Putin has written to Zambia requesting support for Russia’s bid to host the United Nations General Assembly International bureau of Exposition slated for 2025.

Mr Chanda said the bidding for the 2025 expo will take place in Paris later this month and Russia wants Zambia’s support saying the Zambian government will respond accordingly through the diplomatic notes which will be sent.

He further, disclosed that the British High Commission has also written to request President Lungu for Prince Harry’s visit to Zambia on November 26 and 27.

Mr Chanda said the President has accepted the British High Commission’s request for Prince Harry to visit Zambia and attend the festivities of the end of the World War I which will coincide with the Northern Province Investment Exposition.

9 COMMENTS

  1. They give you $30million then tell you to use their main contractor to build an overpriced structure…meaning a large chunk of their money comes back to them!!

    • Building additional conference facilities plus renovating existing structure will cost much more than USD30m….this is not even taking into account the corruption that will be involved in the tendering process. There are other auxillary costs such as security improving traffic flow, power and utilities that will need to be upgraded to support the conference. Who will fund these expenses? Misplaced priorities. Atleast we will get to utilise the new airport terminal…assuming it will be in operation by then.

  2. Chinese cooperating assistance is very welcome and this is good testament of it. Not tainted western Aid money. Denmark has withdrawn its $9m Aid to Tanzania and EI is reviewing its relationship with them because of a clampdown on perverse practices of Homosexuality. Let them take their tainted money and eat it.

  3. This is not NEWS , U TOLD US WHEN LUNGU WENT TO CHINA, INFACT CHINA HAD PROMISED TO BUILD A NEW CONFERENCE CENTRE IN KAFUE BUT ZAMBIA DECIDED TO WAYAWAYA FYE. WHAT ABOUT THE CHIPATA MCHINJI RAILWAY LINE?

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