CHIMANGENI BANDA, Mianyang, China
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says the twinning of Chongwe Municipal Council to Mianyang City will spur development in the district and
improve people’s lives.
Mrs Wina said the twinning programme will also propel and consolidate the development of Zambia’s technology industry.
She said Mianyang’s status as China’s science and technology city will bring enormous benefits to the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Zambia.
Mrs Wina said this at the signing ceremony of the co-operative relationship framework between Mianyang City and Chongwe district.
Chongwe mayor Geoffrey Chuumbwe and his counterpart for Mianyang City signed the co-operative agreement.
Mianyang City is China’s hub for science and technology, while Chongwe has comparative advantage in agriculture, and has been designated for education and technology research and development.
Mrs Wina said the twinning programme is part of the economic trade consensus between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Lungu.
She said the twinning programme will help realise the vision of the two leaders of promoting local government co-operation between provinces and cities in China and Zambia.
Mrs Wina said China remains a strategic and valued partner for socio-economic development dating back to the leadership and partnerships of China’s chairman Mao and Zambia’s Dr Kenneth Kaunda.
And Lusaka Province minister Japhen Mwakalombe expressed optimism that the twinning programme will augment development in Chongwe.
He said the development will open up trade, investment and economic development co-operation opportunities between Chinese and Zambian businesses.
And Mianyang mayor Liu Chao said his city will work towards deepening mutual trade and economic ties with Chongwe district, and Zambia as a whole.
Mr Liu said his city will also help develop the economy of Chongwe and Zambia to improve people’s lives.
Mr Liu is expected to lead a delegation of Chinese businesses and government officials to assess and explore trade and investment of Chongwe district.