By Natalie Chiwomadzi
LOCAL Government, Public Works and National Housing Deputy Minister Jennifer Mhlanga has said the coming in of Her Excellency Ge Huijin (chairman of People’s Political Consultative Conference Zhejiang Provincial Committee) to Zimbabwe is an indication that the country’s Look-East Policy is beginning to yield fruit.
Her Excellency Ge Huijin who arrived in the country is accompanied by a high powered business delegation that has not only come to see the economic activities being undertaken by Chinese in the country but also to explore for opportunities and partnerships.
Deputy Minister Mhlanga who was standing in for Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira said Zimbabwe is hoping to tap more from the delegation especially in the area of tourism and hospitality.
“China is very important to our country Zimbabwe; they have come in not only for a political exchange but also to look at the economic activity that has been undertaken by the Chinese contractors and we value that as Zimbabwe because our Look East Policy is beginning to pay dividends.
“More so, as they come in, we also hope to tap into the Chinese tourism market as they come in and receive this warm hospitality of the Zimbabwean people and we are hoping for more arrivals from China,” she said.
This delegation is one of the many delegations from China that have visited the country for both tourism purposes and seeking investment opportunities.
About a month ago, Zimbabwe received a delegation of about 350 Chinese nationals under the Touchroad International Holdings deal.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Mhlanga said they are hoping to undertake some business meetings with the Chinese delegation in a bid explore possible partnership opportunities for local businesses and companies.
“It’s a high powered delegation, and we hope to undertake quite a few business meetings, she (Ge Huijin) has brought in a business delegation that we can also partner with our businesses here back at home and so yes we received the Chinese delegation with warm hands and hope that we are going to have more businesses from China,” she said.