By TRYNESS MBALE
A CHINESE board of trade and a non-governmental organisation have partnered to educate Chinese business officials on the countryâ€™s labour laws.
THE Association of Chinese Companies in Zambia (ACCZ) and a Zambian NGO, Change Agency Initiative (CIA), have signed a memorandum of understand (MoU) to educate Chinese business officials on labour laws.
ACCZ and CIA have identified the need to enhance the Sino-Zambia relationship through sensitising Chinese investors about the local labour laws to sustain industrial harmony.
Labour commission Cecilia Kamanga said the MoU was expected to contribute to industrial harmony, improved productivity, stimulate economic growth and sustain employment.
â€œCIA and ACCZ have signed the MoU to lead Chinese business executives and human resource management personnel through the process of managing the Zambian human resource according to Zambian labour laws and other related issues.
â€œIt is necessary for Chinese employers to take time to understand some of the fundamentals of the Zambian culture and differences that may occur as a result of the country having many tribal groupings,â€ she said.
Mrs Kamanga said at a workshop for Chinese companies in Lusaka recently that employers and employees are bound to face conflict arising from conditions of service and other issues.
She said it was worrying that a number of labour-related incidences regarding Chinese employers were affecting industrial stability.
â€œWe are all aware that china has become a major player in the global economy having grown to become the second largest economy in the world after the United States of America,â€ she said.
Mrs Kamanga said China is a major investor in the world and, therefore, it was imperative to teach the investors the Zambian laws.
By TRYNESS MBALE