A flourishing Sino-Zim partnership

Following President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State Visit to China last month, several high-level delegations have travelled to Harare to follow up on the multi-million dollar deals signed at that time.

During the visit, relations between the two countries were elevated to the highest level, meaning Zimbabwe now gets preferential treatment when it comes to dealing with China.

In the past month, Zimbabwe has played host to high powered delegations from China on an almost weekly basis.

The first team to visit was an 11-member delegation led by China Trade Promotion Centre director Mr Tan Wenbao, which falls under China’s Ministry of Commerce.

The delegation, which included managers from various companies, was in the country to explore opportunities in energy, agriculture, health and infrastructure development sectors.

Soon to follow was a high-level delegation from China’s National Reform and Development Commission which was in the country to train Government officials on skills to implement the deals signed during the President’s visit.

The commission is the think tank responsible for the dynamic and far reaching reforms in China over the past 40 years.

The team was led by Madam Song Gongmei, who is the deputy director-general of the International Centre of the National Reform and Development Commission.

The team met Vice-President Dr Constantino Chiwenga, before signing an agreement with the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda on the skills capacitation programme.

Another delegation from Touchroad International Holdings Group visited the country and signed a memorandum of understanding for tourism and hospitality industry investment projects.

The MoU seeks to establish a practical framework for the development of stronger co-operation relations between the two parties.

The nine-member delegation was led by the group’s chairperson, Mr He Liehui.

Speaking on arrival, Mr He said: “We have come to Zimbabwe to see opportunities for investments. So, we will see some areas like Victoria Falls and Harare City. We try to see opportunities for investment and also for tourism. We are also interested in industrial and low-cost housing.”

More high-level delegations are expected to be enroute to the country.

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