A delegation of 37 Chinese businessmen has met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare this afternoon.
The delegation was accompanied by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China Mr Paul Chikava and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo, who introduced the delegation to President Mnangagwa and a team of Zimbabwean ministers who included Honourables Winston Chitando, Mthuli Ncube, Perrance Shiri, Mangaliso Ndlovu and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya and some permanent secretaries.
The business delegation led by a member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference and chairman of the Huajian Group Industrial Park Mr Zhang Huarong represents 13 corporates and are drawn from the footwear, agriculture engineering, manufacturing, energy, engineering and mining sectors among others.
The delegation is on a follow-up mission following President Mnangagwa’s visit to the Asian country last year when the two presidents met and Sino Zimbabwe relations were elevated to comprehensive strategic partnership.
Addressing the delegation, President Mnangagwa noted that the deals sealed between Zimbabwe and China during his inaugural visit last year are already being implemented including the Kariba South electricity project, the Hwange 7 and 8 extension, new Parliament of Zimbabwe project and the Harare and Victoria Falls Airports, while inviting them to do even more.
Zimbabwe is going to need some 4 000 megawatts of electricity following the revival economic revival efforts being implemented and China could help do more in the sector through provision of more energy in the solar and other energy sectors.
The President, however, said the country still needs more investment in the textile manufacturing, beef production, horticulture and energy, particularly solar and hydro, for the country to cope in view of the envisaged economic growth in the next few years.
The Chinese delegation leader Mr Huarong said the group is keen to work with Zimbabwe and will get on the ground in the different sectors.
President Mnangagwa also stressed the need for action and tangible results on the part the investors and not just talk.