THE Chinese government’s interest in Africa should be treated as a matter of great importance for the acceleration of economic development on the continent, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president George Mpombo has said.
In an interview, Dr. Mpombo said Africa and Zambia in particular had a lot to learn from the Asian economic powerhouse whose economic and trade interests have attracted the entire world to have ties with that nation.
“I am happy President Edgar Lungu was in attendance of that summit in South Africa and I am sure with the challenges the nation is facing in loadshedding due to power deficit and closure of mines as a result of low copper prices, the President will take advantage to critically look at how best diversification can be handled,” Dr. Mpombo said.
He said he was of the view that issues of fair trade between African countries and China were discussed to sees how best African and Zambian imports could increase in China.
Dr. Mpombo said he was happy that China was ready to give Africa about US$60 billion worth of investments which would subsequently increase the economic activities on the continent.
“But as President Lungu has already indicated, we need to look at what Africa can offer before we ask China to come through. It is also true that there is a lot African countries can learn from among each other. So with the China-Africa economic assistance and co-operation, there is need for us to see what we can do,” he said.
President Edgar Lungu was among several Heads of State in Africa who gathered in South Africa together with the Chinese President Xi Jiping to discuss the Africa-China economic cooperation.