President Edgar Lungu has called for establishment of linkages between Zambian and Chinese business persons.
Speaking when visiting Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Vice President Lin Yi paid a courtesy call on him at State House, President Lungu said he is hopeful that more business linkages will be established with local business people.
President Lungu applauded existing ties with China saying the visit by the Chinese delegation will put to rest misconceptions harboured by some people.
He said regular visits by officials of the two countries is key for further strengthening of ties.
President Lungu added that Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe is currently in China engaging some Chinese companies that Zambia has contracts with on various issues.
And Ms Lin said her mission to Zambia is to implement consensus which President Lungu reached with his Chinese counterpart on enhancing local government relations between the two countries.
She said China’s agriculture and manufacturing city Santon will soon be twinned with Zambia’s Eastern Province as part of efforts to strengthen ties.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie said Zambia’s Minister of Tourism Charles Banda will next month travel to Beijing to launch the cultural exchange program between the two countries.
Mr. Li said the program is expected to raise awareness on culture between the two countries which will also see increase of Chinese tourists inflow into Zambia.