PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s visit to China last month will soon start yielding positive results in agriculture, education and health, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming has said.
And Mr Yang said President Lungu and the Chinese government exchanged successful views in various fields which included agriculture, education and health development.
Speaking when a delegation from the Municipal of Nanjing City of the Peoples Republic of China donated 200 books to the Lusaka City Council (LCC), Mr Yang said Zambia should expect projects which would soon start, adding that Zambia and China enjoyed excellent bilateral relations.
Mr Yang said the Chinese government would not only assist Zambia in its economy and trade but also other social development projects.
“This will not be the last donation that China is donating to Zambia.
The future is very good for both Zambia and China’s co-operation,” he said.
Mr Yang said he was hopeful that China and Zambia would continue enjoying good bilateral relations in the future.
And LCC deputy mayor Portipher Tembo said he was grateful for receiving the books on behalf of the council, adding that they would be distributed to the city library and the branches in Chilenje, Matero, and Mtendere which were run by the council.
“I must confess that our libraries are poorly stocked; mostly they are used as study rooms and not for research because the books on our shelves are outdated,” he said.
Mr Tembo said the council was trying to restock the libraries so that they could become useful and relevant once again. He said the books would find a very eager clientele among the council’s library patrons, adding that it would also improve young people’s reading culture which had been very uninspiring in the last few years.
“It has become increasingly difficult for the council to purchase suitable and sufficient stocks of books, tables, chairs, bookshelves and computers and maintain the library buildings,” he said.
The deputy mayor said the council was very much concerned about improving the standards and availability of social services offered to the residents of the city, among which library services ranked high on its agenda.
“The council finds itself greatly hampered in its efforts by lack of adequate financial resources.
It is in this light that we highly value and appreciate gestures such as this one we are witnessing here today,” he said.
The mayor appealed to other organisations to emulate what Nanjing Municipality had done.
“Lusaka City Council will remain open to such support because if our libraries are well stocked with current materials they will help to decongest the libraries in high institutions of learning such as UNZA, Evelyn Hone and NIPA,” he said.