Zambians happy to be part of Belt and Road Initiative

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The people-to-people bonds among the Belt and Road countries in terms of academic, educational and cultural exchanges have been tightened since the initiative was put forward by China, authority departments disclosed at a press conference held by China's State Council Information Office on Thursday.
The people-to-people bonds among the Belt and Road countries in terms of academic, educational and cultural exchanges have been tightened since the initiative was put forward by China, authority departments disclosed at a press conference held by China's State Council Information Office on Thursday.

Zambians have commended the government for its commitment to be part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying the country will benefit economically through enhanced Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Moses Mulenga, a Zambia transporter, said infrastructure development is vital for the development of any nation. He said there is a lot of infrastructure development in Zambia being funded and supported by China.

“China continues to build on strong co-operation bonds with Africa which Zambia is part to,” he said.

Mulenga said good modern standard infrastructure in the country attracts investments and Zambia through BRI is likely to benefit.

“Accelerated investment is as a result of good infrastructure, investors want to put their money in a country where they are able to move from one place to another with no difficulties,” he said.

According to Mulenga, Zambia’s political stability will strengthen the acceleration of infrastructure development.

Charles Mwale, a local Chingola-based businessman, cited Chingola as one good example whose roads have been rehabilitated through support from China.

He said airports and other many facilities were being constructed with support and funding from the Chinese.

Mwale, who has been to China on business trips, said Zambians should tap from the Chinese work culture to foster development in the Zambia.

“We need to learn from the Chinese work culture if we are to contribute effectively towards the economic development of our country,” he said.

John Stevenson, an entrepreneur, is optimistic that the bilateral relations between China and Zambia, was on a win-win situation.

“Whatever is happening between China and Zambia, what is required is to see both countries benefit from the arrangement being fostered by the two parties,” he said.

Stevenson has further called on Chinese to consider setting up manufacturing companies in Zambia for value addition. Enditem

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