China reassures Zimbabwe on mega deals

From Lovemore Chikova in BEIJING, China
CHINA will deliver on all the mega deals signed between President Robert Mugabe and his counterpart President Xi Jinping and the Asian economic giant will not disappoint Zimbabwe, China’s director of African Affairs Department, Lin Songtian, has said. This pours cold water on heightened speculation that the deals hang in the balance after the government told all diamond mining companies, including those owned by the Chinese, to leave Chiadzwa for refusing to join the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.

The Chinese government said the deals were on course, urging Zimbabwe to play its part more prominently to expedite their implementation.

In an interview, Lin, who is also the secretary general of Chinese Follow-up Committee on the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), said China would deliver on all promises made.

“It’s okay, we’re taking very seriously whatever the commitment made by my President to his Excellency the President (Mugabe),” he said. “We will deliver each of them, no problem. But what can we do there, it’s step by step and when the condition there is ready, the Zimbabwean side gets ready there, we’re ready.”

Lin said people needed to understand that there was good coordination and co-operation between China and Zimbabwe.

“Step by step, the things are going on so well,” he said. “Governments from the two sides, we’re working fast to make sure everything is there.

“We’ve a lot of projects there, some of them are already on site. We’re speeding up the process for each of the projects. So, there’s no problem. Thank you for your concern about the delivery, the implementation, implementation now is more important.”

Lin said there was a need to speed up the necessary procedures for the deals to start making an impact.

“For China’s side no problem, we’re ready, but of course from your side, my side, each of us will need to follow the procedure to complete the deals,” he said.

Lin gave the example of the new Parliament Building expected to be built in Mt Hampden area, where the government has not yet cleared the ground in readiness for the ground breaking ceremony.

He said the Zimbabwean side should also put the road leading to the new Parliament Building in place before the Chinese moved in to start construction work.

“My dear, we need the time because, for example, we’re about to build the Parliament Building, but for the building you have to offer the land, clear the land and also build the road,” said Lin.

“The Zimbabwean side must get ready for us to go there and break the ground. The road to reach the Parliament isn’t yet there. So, you see, in co-operation we need two sides to move in the same direction, you understand.

“Now your side has to select which is the true reliable contractor for the road. That’s the procedure.”

Lin said the power generation project at Hwange Thermal Power Station was taking off, with the Chinese partner Sinohydro already on the ground.

For private firms from China, Lin said, it was up to Zimbabwe to offer them favourable and attractive conditions.

“We’ve so many Chinese companies there (Zimbabwe) and you’re the hosts, if you like to see more investors there, you’ve to create a favourable conditions and invite them, to attract them to come in,” he said.

“The investment project is by the private sector and the investment project will create more jobs for the people and of course they pay tax to the government.

“But you’ve to attract them and keep them there. I hope your government, you understand, you know how to attract – attract is the word, attract. We can’t force them to go, but you’ve to attract them and hold them there.

“So, business is business, it depends on you. For example in China, whoever wants to come to China, we open the door, welcome them and provide them with services, good services, good environment, favourable environment to attract them and hold them here. That’s the way we’re doing it.”

Zimbabwe and China sealed landmark deals worth more than $4 billion when President Mugabe paid a State visit to the Asian country in 2014. President Xi paid a reciprocal State visit to Zimbabwe last year where he witnessed the signing of 12 more deals together with President Mugabe.

The deals will convert provisions of the government’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset, into programmes of action. The two nations signed 12 investment agreements covering different sectors of the economy.

The deals include financing for the expansion of Hwange Thermal Power Station, construction of the new Parliament building and a pharmaceutical warehouse, expansion of a national fibre optic broadband project and provision of wildlife monitoring equipment among others.

Other deals are in infrastructure development in the areas of railways and roads.

China is now the largest source of investment in Zimbabwe and in 2013, the Asian giant invested $602 million.

The Asian economic giant has become one of the major trade partners of Zimbabwe and from 2010 to 2014, the average annual growth rate of bilateral trade was 22 percent.

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  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    The Chinese are giving re-assurance on Mega deals because they know there are NO Mega deals.What are they waiting for 3 years after. In the same period they have poured 24 billion dollars into the UK economy: all-weather friends nonsense!

    • Who is this Wahoo McDaniel ?

      very true

  • Mpisi

    Chronicle, can you kindly stop this nonsense , stop it forthwith !!!! We are not fools msunuyabonyoko!!!

    • MakhosiXamu

      A crazy fool is running mad on this platform.

      • Zuze

        3 fingers pointing back at you. KiKiKiKI

        • MakhosiXamu

          What fingers ?. Are you mental deranged ?. This is a debate platform and I need no lecturers on what to say. If you don’t like a publication , then go for the private press. Ungabo tsheka so early- ule diarrhoea yini?

          • Zuze

            Fuseki lema lothuvi. You do not own this platform. You are the deranged one running loose on this platform. I will lecture you when ever and where ever I please. You point a finger at Mpisi but there are three baboon fingers pointing right back on you. I will tsheka when I want and you will eat the tsheko whether you like it or not. Idiarrhoea is in that head of yours instead of brain matter.

          • Dungeni

            Zuze inhlamba bantu eish?

          • Zuze

            Wena siphoko shut your mouth. Vala umlomo. How do you get involved in this when okuyinja loku kutetisa you don’t say anything?

          • Dungeni

            Ndoda be careful

          • MakhosiXamu

            UZuze lilema le ndoda. Mtshaye ngesagila….. so that he may come back to his senses.

          • Zuze

            My mind has never been clearer Ndoda. UDungeni ngumpankwa hiding under a rock. I am not scared of him not one bit.

          • Mr Hyde we Detemba

            Kikikikiki What a combination. Good morning said the Mpankwa to the Xamu kikikikikikiki

          • Dungeni

            I give up..

          • Zuze

            What are you going to do? Hit me with a mouse?

          • Mr Hyde we Detemba

            Kikikikikikikiki you are in form Mfo.

          • MakhosiXamu

            Nice one man. You are losing your sanity for no good reason. Kikikikikikikikikikiiiiiiiiiii. Usunhlahlatha ehlathini ndoda….. cool down. Mina ngiya zimela …. remember I am not an idlozi. Why do wish to be someone’s representative. Umhlaba lo. Losing your sleep over some funny guy called , Mpisi.

          • Zuze

            UMpisi talks sense. And what makes you an expert on whose funny or not? You do not know him now do you?

  • Department 6

    by reading between the line, China is back tracking on the deals/

    • MakhosiXamu

      Eccentric views from the devil.

      • Mgoli

        Yo d devil coz u cnt rekol the same deals n help hv bin touted for more than 3 years BT to no avail…”All weather frends”my foot!!!! The Chinese don just pour money

  • Mgoli

    Brigadier thanX u nailed it….wld wish sch lunatics like makhosiXamu cld open their eyes n c

    • Zuze

      That is like saying to a blind man “as you can see” or saying to a deaf man “Do you hear that?” Jotham is deaf blind when it comes to his masters.

  • tora tsume

    Mugabe always has someone to blame failure on. Now it can be the yellow devils.

  • blarazonke

    Mmmm there is a problem somewhere. I suspect that the chinese are also now putting across the successesion questions. Once it props up, everything freezes from our side. So better kick their teeth at Chiadzwa and show them who is boss and just liike we did with the west, we can tell them to go to hell forth with.