China’s Anhui province moves to implement economic agreements with Zim

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President Mnangagwa and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping (Picture by Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

HARARE – Officials from the Anhui  province in China on Wednesday met President Emmerson Mnangagwa to  discuss implementation of economic agreements signed earlier this year  and to explore further areas of cooperation.

Four cooperation agreements were signed between the Chinese province  and Zimbabwe when President Mnangagwa visited China in April this year.

Speaking to journalists after closed door talks that lasted close to an  hour, Anhui deputy governor Zhou Xi’an said cooperation would initially  be in four main areas of agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy  and human resources.

“Your President (Mnangagwa) visited China and Anhui province in April  so this time my visit to Zimbabwe is mainly to implement the agreement  between President Mnangagwa and President Xi Jingpin especially in the  areas of economics and trade,” he said.

Zhou said the province would assist Zimbabwe boost its food security  through establishment of a joint agriculture hub that would focus on  crop production as well as processing and marketing of the  produce.

Already the Zim-China Wanjin Company, a joint venture between Anhui  province and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Defence was established, with  its operations set to be widened in line with new objectives.

In the manufacturing sector, Zhou said a Chinese car company and an  agriculture machinery manufacturer were also exploring opportunities,  with the car manufacturer already in talks with Zimbabwean car  assembler, Quest Motors.

He said cooperation in the energy sector would focus mainly on solar  while in the human resources area, it would be on tourism.

“We have prioritized these specific fields for now but in the future we  will cover more areas,” he said.

Earlier the Chinese delegation had an opportunity to meet with local  business people to discuss possible areas of cooperation. – New Ziana

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