vp nkomo09.06.11.jpgVice President, Cde John Landa Nkomo says Zimbabwe and China still have opportunities of strengthening co-operation especially in the mining, agriculture and construction sectors.

Cde Nkomo made the remarks during a meeting with an 8 member delegation from Gansu province, China who are in the country on a three day official visit.

Three envoys including a Chinese delegation from Gansu Province, the incoming Greek ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Christos Salamanis and the new Dutch ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Barbara Joziasse paid courtesy calls on Vice President Nkomo at Munhumutapa buildings in Harare.

First to meet with Cde Nkomo was the 8 member Chinese delegation which is being led by Mr. Lu Hao, the senior advisor for the Gansu province.

The delegation is in the country to invite Vice President Nkomo to attend the Gansu International Trade Fair to be held in July.

Speaking through an interpreter, head of the Chinese delegation, Mr Lu said his province is interested in broadening areas of cooperation especially in construction.

“During the Gansu International Trade Fair, different photographs depicting various aspects of the Zimbabwean culture will be on display. The pictures were taken by a group of Chinese photographers who visited Zimbabwe some time last year,” said Mr.Lu.

Responding to the invitation, Cde Nkomo said the exchange of visits enables the two countries to explore more areas of potential cooperation.

The company that constructed the National Sports Stadium and Chinhoyi District Hospital called Hualong Construction Company hail from Gansu province which is located in the northwest of China.

Second to pay a courtesy call on Cde Nkomo was the incoming Greece ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Christos Salamanis who described his meeting with Vice President Nkomo as an eye opener.

Greece is a member state of the European Union and Ambassador Salamanis said his country is guided by EU policies.

The incoming Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Barbara Joziasse who was the last to pay a courtesy call on Cde Nkomo could not be drawn to comment further on her meeting though she only hinted that it was fruitful.

Netherlands is also a member state of the European Union which has imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe.