President Edgar Lungu believes a cooperation link between Zambian and Chinese businessmen needs to be established.
In a conversation between President Lungu and Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Vice President, Lin Yi, who has visited Zambia, Mr. President said he hopes that more business connections between local and Chinese businessmen will be established.
President Lungu praised existing ties with China saying the visit made by the Chinese delegation will eliminate misconceptions produced by some people.
He also noted that regular visits by officials of the two countries are crucial for further enforcing of ties.
Mr. Lungu added that Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe is currently paying a visit to China cooperating with some Chinese companies that have different kinds of contracts with Zambia.
Ms. Lin said her mission to Zambia is to implement consensus which President Lungu has reached with his Chinese partners on strengthening local government relations between the two countries.
She said that China’s agriculture and manufacturing city Santon will soon be twinned with Zambia’s Eastern Province in an effort to strengthen ties.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Li Jie, said that Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Charles Banda, will travel to Beijing next month to launch the cultural exchange program between the two countries.
Mr. Li said the program is aimed at raising awareness on culture between the two countries which will also increase the number of Chinese tourists into Zambia.