GOVERNMENT has lauded the construction of a convention centre in Kafue by a Chinese company Henan Guoji Development Company Limited of China in partnership between the Government of Zambia and China.
Speaking during a meeting with the Chinese delegation in Lusaka yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba expressed happiness with the launch of the project in Kafue.
Mr Kalaba pointed out that the centre would improve economic diplomacy, and that it would create wealth and employment for the local people.
He thanked the government of China for the gesture to cooperate with the government of Zambia in coming up with a multiclass conference facility.
Mr Kalaba noted that the conference facility had come at the right time as the country would in 2022 host the African Union summit in Kafue.
“I must thank the government of China for partnering with our Government in coming up with a convention centre in Kafue. The centre will improve economic diplomacy and create employment for the local people. This facility has also come at the right time because Zambia will be hosting the African Union summit in 2022 in Kafue,” he said.
Mr Kalaba expressed confidence in the Henan Guoji Development Company Limited of China, who he said had met with another team from the ministry.
Henan Guoji Development Company chairman Mingzheng Xu said that China was proud of its relations with Zambia.
Mr Xu said that the people of Zambia were honest and that the country had a lot of opportunities which he said the delegation would explore.
He assured that his company would also make use of local resources during construction, procured from within the country, and that the facility would be of international standard.
Mr Xu disclosed that the company had advanced technology, professional and skilled manpower, but that they would still employ local people on the project.
He also said that that they had secured enough finances to ensure that the facility was completed within the shortest possible time.
Mr Xu reiterated that his company would also give back to the community through their corporate social responsibility.
He thanked the Government of Zambia for the friendship and support they had extended to the people of China and his company.