Thursday, 29 December 2011

zambia china signs three economic and technical cooperation exchange notes

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zambia and chinese have today signed three economic and technical cooperation exchange notes on the levy mwanawasa general hospital, national malaria control centre and the dispatch of experts on mini-hydro power plants.
the exchange notes involve the supply of extra-medical equipment to the levy general hospital at a cost of 7.9 billion kwacha and equipment and consumables for the anti-malaria centre at a cost of 1.2 billion kwacha.
it also involves the dispatch of a team of experts from china to zambia to undertake feasibility studies on the rehabilitation and upgrading of the musonda hydro power station in luapula province and the chishimba hydro power plant in northern province.
speaking at the signing ceremony in lusaka today, finance and national planning minister alexander chikwanda said the disbursement of the three economic and technical cooperation exchange notes will come in form of grants.
speaking at the same ceremony, chinese ambassador to zambia zhou yuxiao pointed out that chinese is aid is always people oriented and the one which has been made will assist to improve the energy and health sectors.
ambassador zhou says his government will fulfill its obligations to zambia.
he says the chinese people will always respect the wishes and aspirations of zambians adding that choosing a new government is one such decision which china has accepted and decided to move with zambians.
MR zhou indicated that the experts to do the feasibility studies will be coming to Zambia as soon as possible and once the feasibility studies are done, then the works on the two hydro power plants will begin.
and ambassador zhou further indicated that his government will next year invite president michael sata to pay a visit to that country to strengthen further the bilateral ties which already exist.

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