bob-jiang.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has invited the Chinese government and business people to come on board and partner Zimbabwe in further industrialising the country and expanding the country’s value addition enterprises.

 

President Mugabe was speaking during a meeting with the visiting Chinese Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Jiang Zengwei at State House in Harare yesterday.

 

Cde Mugabe told Cde Jiang, who is leading a 17-member business and government delegation, that Zimbabwe is willing to partner with Chinese investors in various sectors which include agricultural mechanisation and technology, to improve new farmer’s production, following the implementation of the land reform programme.

The President also explained that Zimbabwe is a tropical country that receives rains only once a year and that it requires investment for the harnessing and harvesting water through the construction of dams on its many rivers to facilitate agriculture in the dry season and for hydro-electricity generation.

 

Cde Mugabe also spoke of the need for massive investment in the rich mining sector, saying Zimbabwe has a lot of skilled manpower, but lacks the technology and finance to exploit its mineral wealth and build modern roads and railway links.

 

On the political front, the President pledged Zimbabwe’s unwavering support for China and thanked the Asian country for supporting Zimbabwe on many international fora.

He took a swipe at the west’s hypocrisy for labeling him and a supporter of terrorism when some of the western leaders are guilty of murder in Iraq and in many other countries.

 

Cde Jiang expressed China’s readiness to assist Zimbabwe in industrialisation programmes and value-addition projects.