Sata’s China trip resulted into multi-billion Kwacha developments agreements

AFTER a one week marathon tour of duty in China that saw him sign several multi-billion Kwacha development agreements expected to create jobs and reduce poverty, President Sata yesterday arrived back home to a warm welcome.
Mr Sata, who had several rounds of high level talks with China’s new President Xi Jinping, including the business community, arrived in the country aboard Emirates Airlines.
The plane touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at about 14:20 hours.
He was received by Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu, who acted as President in his absence, and Minister of Defence Geoffrey Mwamba, Lusaka Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe and Lusaka mayor Daniel Chisenga and some senior Government and Patriotic Front officials.
President Sata was accompanied to China by Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Emmanuel Chenda, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development Bob Sichinga and Minister of Foreign Affairs Effron Lungu.
Others who accompanied the President were Deputy Minister of Tourism and Arts David Phiri, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Margaret Miyoba and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao.
On the sidelines of his visit, President Sata joined other heads of State, former heads of State and senior Government officials from others parts of the world who attended the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia conference which was opened by President Xi.
Apart from his discussions with Mr Xi, the President of the second largest economy in the world, President Sata called for investment in railway rehabilitation, agriculture, airline and other technological advances as he seeks to create jobs.
Mr Sata also encouraged China business to come and invest in the mining sector, which is only 40 percent explored presently with room for expansion.
Zambia, Africa’s number one copper producer targeting about one million metric tonnes by 2015, is crucial to China, whose construction industry is hungry for Zambian copper and cobalt.

Daily Mail