Premier Jiabao noted the stability in Zimbabwe which he said was due to the positive impact of the inclusive Government, adding that Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s presence in Government had added to the rejuvenation of the economy and improved the lives of the people.
“China wants to maintain high level bilateral exchanges to uphold our common interests,” said Premier Jiabao, adding that the close co-operation and exchange of expertise should continue between the two countries.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai, who was on his maiden trip to China, said his presence in Beijing was a major testament of the relationship between the two countries.
He updated his Chinese counterpart on political developments in Zimbabwe saying the country was about to conclude the constitution making process which he said was a key process in a roadmap brokered by SADC ahead of the next election.
“Other reforms are still outstanding but we hope that with the support of SADC and friends such as China, we will be able to hold a free and fair election in Zimbabwe,” said Prime Minister Tsvangirai.
The Prime Minister, whose delegation included State Enterprises Minister, Hon. Gorden Moyo, Water Resources Minister, Hon. Sam Sipepa Nkomo, and officials from the two ministries, the Ministry of Finance and Harare City Council, thanked the Chinese for their assistance in several infrastructure projects.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai pledged that Government would work towards clearing its arrears with Sinosure in order to unlock further development assistance.
The projects include Kariba Hydro Power station, Hwange 7 & 8 Thermal Power station, rehabilitation of Harare City council water and sewerage systems and the Matebeleland Zambezi Water Project.
“Any sustainable future can only be premised on meeting our national obligations, respecting the rule of law, the bilateral agreements that our Government has signed and attracting investment on a win-win basis. Only then can we serve the interests of the people,” the Prime Minister said.
“It would be remiss of me not to implore upon you to support the SADC effort for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe as a necessary step towards a legitimate government that would deepen our mutual relationship.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Tsvangirai attended the official opening of the China International Fair for Trade and Services (CIFTIS).He later held meetings with representatives from various companies involved in infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe
These include SinoHydro, China Machinery Engineering Corporation, Sinosure and CGGC among others.
China’s Ambassador designate to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Lin Lin, attended some of the meetings. Tomorrow (Tuesday), the Prime Minister will address the Sino-Africa Forum.
Office of the Prime MinisterPost published in: Africa News