President Hakainde Hichilema has called for enhanced cooperation between Zambia and China in various sectors of the economy.
Writing on Facebook Hakainde said the government has taken keen interest in the achievements of China and would like to learn from the Asian country.
“Today at State House, we received letters of credence from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Du Xiaohui.
Zambia and the People’s Republic of China have maintained longstanding relations based on mutual trust and cooperation since our nation’s independence, relations that were founded and nurtured by our late Founding Father Dr Kenneth David Kaunda and the late Chairman Mao Zedong, and the people of our two great countries.
We informed His Excellency Du Xiaohui of our keen interest in furthering and strengthening our existing ties and cooperation, through the exploitation of untapped potential in the vast areas of our mutual interest, and hoped that his appointment to represent the People’s Republic of China in Zambia, will be in tandem with the strong values that characterise our relations that are based on mutual respect, trust and cooperation at both bileteral and multilateral levels.
We applauded the People’s Republic of China’s success within a short space of time, in areas such as manufacturing, technology, textiles, energy, health, mining and construction, even in the face of the recent global Covid 19 pandemic.
We particularly thanked the People’s Republic of China on the construction of the State of the Art Kenneth Kaunda International Conference Facility built through a Chinese grant, and looked forward to its handover in time for the mid year coordinating summit in July, between the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union, and the Heads of State of the eight Regional Economic Communities of the Continent.
We look forward to enhancing our warm relations with the People’s Republic of China as we modernise and restructure our economy. There is no limit to what we can do together for the mutual benefit of our two nations.”