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Hichilema seeks increased support from China on infrastructure development


President Hakainde Hichilema has called on China to increase support for the continental development agenda, especially in areas of infrastructure development.

Speaking during the conclusion of the BRICS Summit in South Africa, Hichilema said China’s support should also go towards industrialization, modernizing production and particularly in agriculture.

This is according to a statement issued on Friday in Lusaka by Tamara Nyirenda, the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at Zambian mission South Africa.

The Head of State who thanked China for being a valuable partner in supporting Africa’s development efforts said the support should also go towards capacity building of human resources.

“I wish to reiterate Zambia’s commitment to the Africa-China partnership through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, both as a nation and as Chairperson of COMESA,” he said.

The Head of State has since concluded his engagements in Johannesburg, South Africa where he attended the 15th BRICS Summit in his capacity as Chairperson of the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa.

During the two-day Summit Hichilema participated at the BRICS Roundtable Discussion, co-chaired by South African Cyril Ramaphosa, and Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.

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The high-level dialogue was held under the theme “Promoting African Integration and Jointly Building a High-Level Africa-China Community with A Shared Future.”

During the discussion, Hichilema commended BRICS for providing a platform for African regional blocks to discuss matters critical for enhancing South-South Cooperation.

The Summit was convened under the theme: “Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Multilateralism.”

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