Chiteme implores Chinese Ambassador for skills transfer

By Staff Reporter

Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme has urged new Ambassador of China to Zambia, Li Jie, to implore Chinese companies operating in Zambia to transfer skills to Zambians.

Chiteme said this when Ambassador Li paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry of National Development Planning on yesterday.

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 transferred 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,” said Chiteme.

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.

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

“Am optimistic that the two leaders’ meeting would yield positive bilateral agreements that would contribute to the development of the two countries,” he said

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 investors as their destination of investments.

“I am commending the continued bilateral relations between the two countries and Zambia’s support to China at multilateral level including at the United Nations, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, will hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in September this year to chart the blueprint of the next steps of bilateral developments between the two friendly countries,” said Li.

In September this year, President Edgar Lungu will 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.