Minister Chiteme Calls for Chinese Companies To Transfer Skills To Zambians

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Zambia’s Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme has urged the new Ambassador of China to Zambia to encourage Chinese companies working in Zambia to do more to transfer skills to Zambians.

The Minister and Ambassador met yesterday at the Ministry of National Development Planning. During the meeting Hon. Chiteme assured the Ambassador of the Government’s continued cooperation with China – something Zambians have been increasingly critical of.

“What we want to see as Zambians is skills being transfers 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,” Mr. Chiteme said.

Ambassador Li said His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, will hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart His Excellency Xi Jinping in September this year to chart the blueprint of the next steps of bilateral developments between the two friendly countries.

Ambassador Li said he was excited about the upcoming bilateral meeting between Presidents Lungu and Li in September this year.

“In September this year, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu will go to China to 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. We hope this will be another momentum of the development of the relations of our two countries.”

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