Chinese firms light up communities

CHINESE firms operating in Zimbabwe have taken it upon themselves to assist local communities in the absence of government intervention.

China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping said the Asian country’s companies have not only made their own share of contribution to the revitalisation and the growth of China-Zimbabwe friendship, but also helped bring cheer to the less privileged.

“They have held the Chinese New Year Gala in Harare, promoted Chinese traditional food and culture, so that more local people will experience the charm of Chinese culture,” he said at the Chinese New Year 2017 reception.

Ping noted that the Chinese have also held the “Dream Star” Competition 2016 so that more Zimbabwean young people will have the opportunity to realise their dreams.

“They have donated the “Love in Africa” children’s home to send warmth and care to the kids in need of help. They have also actively fulfilled corporate social responsibilities, created local jobs, built orphanage and schools, donated materials to local communities, set up scholarships for Zimbabwean rural students, provided training opportunities for employees, etc. The past year has seen their unrelenting efforts and selfless dedication,” he added.

This comes as China recently committed to help Zimbabwe revive its economy through company investments, infrastructure development and bilateral cooperation.

“In Chinese zodiac, the year of 2017 is the Year of Rooster. In Chinese culture, rooster stands for dawn, sun and brightness in our culture. We hope and believe that the Year of Rooster will see Zimbabwe shake off darkness, move beyond the temporary challenges and embrace a brighter future,” Ping said.

The envoy indicated that with the concerted efforts between the two countries’ governments, Zimbabwe and China will embrace an even brighter future.

“The Kariba South Hydropower Station Expansion Project is going smoothly, and is expected to be completed in early 2018,” he said.

This was after China also helped Zimbabwe with the construction and upgrade of the new Victoria Falls International Airport.

Ping noted that the emerging Asian economic giant donated about 19 700 metric tonnes of rice and 10 000 tonnes of fertilizer to Zimbabwe to cope with food shortage and boost agricultural development.

In 2016, China also drilled 184 boreholes out of 300 boreholes to help Zimbabwe cope with drought.
“The Lupane Friendship Primary School donated by China has been handed over to Zimbabwe, and the China-Zimbabwe Friendship High School in Hatcliff is under construction now,” the envoy added.

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