President Sata expected in China for State Visit on 4th April 2013

Zambia's President Michael Sata speaks at a Gala Dinner in Bloemfontein on January 7, 2012

PRESIDENT Michael Sata is scheduled to arrive in China on Thursday, 4th April 2013 for a state visit .

Whilst is China, which is also the World’s second biggest economy, President Sata will also attend one of Asia’s leading regional economic for a called , Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Boao, Hainan province south of the capital of Beijing.

President Sata and 25 other Heads of State and government leaders will share opinions on pressing issues with a view of promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals.

ZANIS staffer Shupe Nkunika reports from Beijing . China that this is according to a tentative programme released by the Zambian Embassy in China.

President Sata and his Algerian counterpart Abdel Kader Bensallah are the only two African leaders who will attend the BFA to be held between April 6th to 8th in Boao island of Hainan Province over 100 kilometers south of capital, Beijing.

The Head of State who is expected to make a presentation at the BFA will also hold official bilateral talks with his host President Xi Jingping which will culminate into the signing of bilateral agreements at Sheraton hotel in Sanya.

The BFA will be held under the theme ‘Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility & Cooperation’ and is scheduled to take place between April 6th to 8th this week.

President Sata will also deliver a key note at the Sub Forum, Africa: Rise of an Ancient Continent.

He is also scheduled to meet government leaders of Shenzen on to discuss issues surrounding economic zones.

Shenzen has experienced rapid economic development which has transformed it from a small fishing village to one of China’s leading industrial hubs.

Zambia is currently planning to establish industrial clusters in all the ten provinces with the aim of improving trade and commerce in the country.

He is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese Premier of the State Council Li Kequiang and chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Part Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Home Affairs Minister Effron Lungu and Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda and other government officials, are expected to accompany the Republican President.

On arrival in Beijing, the Head of State will be received by Mines Minister Christopher Yamfwa, Transport Minister Christopher Yaluma and Tourism Deputy Minister David Phiri.

The Head of State will meet the Zambian community living in China and attend the Zambia-China economic and investment forum to be hosted by the Zambian Embassy and China Non Ferrous Metal Mining Company before concluding his business in China.