chinese vp wang qishan.jpgThe visiting Chinese Vice Premier, Mr Wang Qishang, has pledged his country’s continued support for Zimbabwe’s economic recovery efforts and called for the removal of the illegal sanctions by those who imposed them.

He was speaking during a meeting with Vice President Joice Mujuru at Munhumutapa Offices in Harare on Monday morning where China’s Eximbank and Sinosure Bank have pledged to assist Zimbabwe in areas such as agriculture, health and municipal water supply and sewage treatment systems.

 

Various agreements were signed at the ceremony that enhanced the country’s bilateral ties, which date back to the time of the liberation struggle.

The signing ceremony for the first agreement for financial assistance was signed by Zimbabwean Minister of Finance, Mr Tendai Biti and the Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Mr Fu Ziying.

 

The next agreement, which was for economic and technical cooperation for the establishment of a high school project, was signed by Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbabrashe Mumbengegwi .

 

Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, Mr Giles Mutseyekwa signed the agreement for the provision of borehole drilling projects, while Public Service Minister, Mr Elphas Mukonoweshuro signed the agreement on promotion of exchange and cooperation in human resources development field and friendship between Zimbabwe and China.

 

Other ministries that received support from China through agreements at the ceremony were Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.

Mr Wang said the current problems in Zimbabwe are for the political parties to sit down and dialogue and that there should not be any interference by outsiders.

He expressed China’s support for Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policy and pledged his country’s commitment to further supporting Zimbabwe’s economic recovery efforts and increasing trade and economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and China.

Vice President Joice Mujuru welcomed the financial support that China Eximbank and Sinosure banks have extended to Zimbabwe to assist in the agricultural, health and municipal water supply and sewage treatment systems.

 

In her speech, Vice President Mujuru acknowledged the efforts by China development bank to engage Zimbabwe’s most critical areas.

 

“We are grateful of such a co-operation and this will go a long way if rejuvenating the country’s critical areas such as energy, mining, transport, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors to promote economic growth,” Cde Mujuru said.

 

She welcomed the official opening of the Tian ze Tobacco Contract Sales to expedite the rejuvenation an idle tobacco processing plant and add value to the local product.

 

On the political front, Cde Mujuru expressed appreciation to China’s support for Zimbabwe on the international arena and its steadfast call for the immediate removal of the illegal sanctions.