OVER 10,000 Chinese nationals are living and doing business in Zimbabwe, a development Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping says will promote economic integration between the two countries.Addressing delegates at the Chinese New Year Reception held in Harare recently, Ambassador Ping hailed Zim-China relations saying they contributed immensely to economic growth.
“As we all know, China and Zimbabwe are all weather friends and have shared weal and woe throughout the years,” he said.
“Now, around 10,000 Chinese people are living and doing business in Zimbabwe, contributing all they can to the development of Zimbabwe and the welfare of its people.”
Ambassador Ping said Chinese companies played a major role in employment creation in the country.
“What I have learned during these trips showed that Chinese companies provide a major boost to the local economy wherever they are by creating local employment, building local schools, orphanages, setting up scholarships and helping Zimbabweans to fulfil their dreams,” he said.
Ambassador Ping said Chinese people were not in the country to loot local resources, but to advance local talent.
“I have found out that in most of the Chinese companies, the percentage of local employees is very high. Anhui Foreign Economic Construction has over 4,000 local employees. Nantong Construction and Engineering has 35 Chinese and about 700 locals,” he said.
“Sino-Zim Cement Company has less than 30 Chinese and over 400 locals. Tianze Tobacco has eight Chinese and 160 locals. In many companies, local employees now hold senior management positions.”
Ambassador Ping said Chinese government would continue providing their expertise in the country’s medical field.