zimbabwechina.jpgHead of the Chinese delegation to the 8th Zimbabwe- China Joint Commission session to be held on the 7th of July, Mr. Jiang Zengwei, has arrived in the country.

 

Speaking on arrival at the Harare international airport ,Mr. Jiang said there is  need to expand existing economic ties between Zimbabwe and China so as to increase trade volumes and investment inflows.

 
Mr. Jiang Zengwei who is China’s Deputy Minister of Commerce and is leading a 22 member delegation to the Zimbabwe China Joint Commission was welcomed at the Harare International Airport by Foreign Affairs Minister Cde. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

 
The 8th Zimbabwe China Joint Commission set to be attended by government officials as well as representatives of the business community from China together with the local government officials is expected to centre on trade relations, investment

opportunities, infrastructural development as well as strategies to further cement existing ties between the two friendly nations.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr. Zengwei emphasized the need for expansion of economic ties in areas such as agriculture, mining and infrastructure development between the two countries.

Mr. Zengwei says it is possible to surpass US$240 million dollars accrued from trade between the two countries in the first 4 months of the year.

 
Foreign Affairs Minister Cde. Simbarashe Mbengegwi who hailed the cordial relations between the two countries in various areas expressed optimism that the Joint Commission will strengthen economic cooperation between the two allies.

Zimbabwe which has adopted a Look East Policy is expected to benefit from the exploitation of the China’s huge market with a population of over 1 billion as well as from the exchange in technological expertise.

 

China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world recording over 10% growth rate during the first quarter of the year. 

 
Zimbabwe and China enjoy strong ties on international forums with China having stood by the country on several international forums.

 

China also played a critical role during the liberation struggle supplying arms and ammunition and training cadres who fought against colonial bondage.