The Chinese business community has transferred technical expertise and created employment opportunities for thousands of Zimbabweans, and their investments have helped to increase the country’s GDP and volume of exports, particularly in tobacco.
This was said by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Frederick Shava in a speech read on his behalf, by Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi on the occasion of the National Day reception of the People’s Republic of China at the Chinese Embassy in Harare recently.
These investments, Shava said, have helped to advance trade and economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and China to greater heights
“The implementation of these projects has, indeed, benefited from the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that exists between our two countries, reinforced by regular exchange high-level visits. The partnership has birthed key national projects, which include, the construction of the new Parliament building in Mt Hampden, construction of the national pharmaceutical warehouse, rehabilitation and upgrading of Victoria Falls airport, and the expansion of the Hwange 7 and 8 thermal power stations, which are over 90 percent complete and would add 600 megawatts to the national grid.”
Shava said Zimbabwe was very pleased by the unwavering support of China particularly in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
China, he said, extended a donation of vaccines, PPEs, and medical equipment whilst the Chinese business community in Zimbabwe also made various donations that went a long way in complementing Government efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Currently there is also close co-operation between Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Human Provincial Hospital, a partnership that promotes medical institutional capacity.
Hon Shava congratulated China for successfully hosting the Eight Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Dakar, Senegal in November 2021 which was held under the theme “Deepening the Sino-Africa Partnership and Promoting Sustainable Development” intended to build a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.
“The conference provided guidance and a way forward on strengthening the China-Africa relations for the next three years. Zimbabwe welcomes the Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation under the FOCAC framework and I wish to reaffirm our Government’s support for the FOCAC framework and the Belt and Road Initiative.
“Zimbabwe will continue to work closely with China in pursuit of a new global order that respects sovereignty, diversity, and genuine multilateralism. In this regard, we welcome the Global Security Initiative (GSI) that has been unveiled by His Excellency President Xi Jinping towards the attainment of these goals.
“Zimbabwe shares China’s concerns over the growing concerns over the growing unilateralism by some countries. This has been evidenced by the imposition of unilateral sanctions and coercive measures outside the structures of internal law. Zimbabwe has been a victim of such illegal sanctions imposed by some Western countries over the past two decades. We are most grateful to China for having joined other countries in the clarion call for the removal of these illegal sanctions.”
Shava thanked China for its continued assistance in human resource development, through the provision of scholarships for Zimbabweans to undertake studies in China.
“This support has been critical to fill the void caused by brain drain as a result of economic sanctions imposed on us by the western countries. We hope that this cooperation will further expand in the future,” he said.