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China ready to boost Copperbelt

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MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola
CHINA says it is ready to invest in other sectors of the country’s economy to supplement Government’s efforts to diversify the economy from mining to agriculture.

Development Research Centre of the State Council of China vice-president Long Guoqiang said their visit to the Copperbelt was aimed at familiarising themselves with the operations of Chinese investments in the province.
Mr Long was speaking yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt deputy permanent secretary Joyce Nsamba in Ndola.
“Our deep impression is that Coppperbelt Province is so attractive to our Chinese investment,” said Mr Long, who is leading a 10-member Chinese delegation.
Mr Long said he is happy that Chinese investment in Zambia is not only in mining but also in other sectors.
“I am sure in the days to come, more Chinese investment in Zambia will be in line with your target to diversify from mining to agriculture and help to boost the social and economic development of Zambia,” he said.
He said Government will continue providing an enabling environment for Chinese investors to enable them supplement Government’s efforts in creating wealth and job opportunities for the local people.
Mr Long said in view of the improved infrastructure in the province, it is likely that more Chinese will be motivated to invest in the province.
He said their visit to Zambia demonstrates the deeper bilateral ties that exist between Zambia and China.
And Ms Nsamba appealed to the Chinese government to help Zambia in its economic diversification programme through agriculture and industrialisation.
She said the Government remains committed to partner with China in other areas.

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