On 5th November 2021, a delegation of Overseas Chinese Associations in Zambia paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Honourable Brenda Tambatamba and discussed a wide range of issues aimed at establishing a good cooperation relationship with the Ministry of Labour; enhancing cooperation with the government and ensuring businesses are conducted in accordance with the guidance and supervision of the Ministry of Labour.
Mr Li, the President of Zambia Council for Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification of China gave a brief introduction of the Chinese companies in Zambia, problems and challenges faced by Chinese investors in their various business operations, and suggestions for creation of a good investment environment.
It was learnt that Chinese associations have made a lot of efforts in guiding Chinese investors to operate according to regulations, such as organizing labour law training courses, translating Zambian policies and regulations into Chinese to facilitate the understanding of Chinese investors; increasing training investment and attaching importance to localization; establish training schools to improve staff skills and training for the society to help young people find employment.
The Minister of Labour Honourable Tambatamba who was accompanied by the Acting Permanent Secretary Mrs Vivien Ndhlovu and the Labour Commissioner Mr Given Muntengwa thanked the delegation for paying a courtesy call and stressed that China and Zambia bilateral relationship have continued to grow from strength to strength. She said as Chinese investment continues to grow the need for interaction and engagement cannot be overemphasized.
The Minister disclosed that through the Chinese investment in Africa and Zambia in particular people’s livelihoods have continued to improve, singling out Camco’s investment in Zambia which has contributed to the country’s agriculture mechanization drive. She mentioned to say as this investment come there are, as expected some misunderstandings mostly owing to cultural differences which need to be well managed for the good of all, “ these are hills and valleys, what is required is to be accommodative and manage the change” Honourable Tambatamba stressed.
The meeting ended with Overseas Chinese Associations in Zambia and government officials all satisfied with the issues discussed and pledged to continue engaging each other in matters of similar interest.
(A pose of a photo for Representatives of Overseas Chinese Associations and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Honourable Brenda Tambatamba)
(A photo for Mr. Li Tie, the President of Zambia Council for Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification of China with Minister of Labour and Social Security, Honourable Brenda Tambatamba)