CHIMANGENI BANDA, Chengdu, China
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government will seriously consider introducing high speed trains in Zambia.
Mrs Wina said the development can help decongest Zambian roads and reduce road carnage.
Mrs Wina was speaking when she gave her impressions and experience after she travelled on a speed train from Chengdu to Miayang City for an hour at a speed averaging 200km per hour.
“This is inevitable for any developing country because we want to decongest our roads and we want to move our goods and services and people to various places faster,” said Mrs Wina.
She said its high time Zambia started planning for high speed trains as they reduce time spent travelling on traditional trains.
Mrs Wina is in Miayang City to grace the twinning of the city with Chongwe Municipal Council.
On arrival in Miayang, Mrs Wina and her delegation toured the National Science and Technology Centre.
And Mrs Wina appealed to Chinese businesses to partner with Zambian companies to enhance economic growth for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Addressing captains of industry at the Zambia Sichuan Trade and Economic Forum in Chengdu, Mrs Wina said strengthening partnerships with Zambian firms will position the private sector to realise its role of being the engine of economic development.
Mrs Wina said Government is committed to creating an enabling environment for investments so that the private sector can contribute to the realisa-tion of Vision 2030 of transforming Zambia into a prosperous middle-income country.
She assured Chinese businesses that there is no favourable investment destination in Africa than Zambia.
Mrs Wina said Zambia has an ideal and unmatched global weather and central location surrounded by eight neighbouring countries whose market Chinese investors can take advantage of to grow and expand their business.
Mrs Wina said China still remains an important trade, investment and economic cooperation partner to Zambia.
She disclosed that over 500 Chinese companies have invested over US$3 billion and created over 50,000 jobs for Zambians.
Mrs Wina said Zambia has since started benefiting from the US$60 billion pledge China’s President Xi Jinping made at the 2016 Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to address Africa’s infrastructure inadequacies.
She cited the expansion of Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital, Construction of Ndola Airport, and new terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as some of the infrastructure projects being financed by China.
And Vice Governor of Sichuan Provincial Government Zhu Hexin said his province, whose gross domestic product exceeds US$500 million, is ready to assist Zambia transform into a modern prosperous state.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda said the Zambia Sichuan Trade and Economic Forum is aimed at providing a platform to market Zambia’s investment and tourism potential to Chinese businesses.
Mrs Chibesakunda said the forum will avail Chinese businesses an integrated and structured framework to bring investments to Zambia.