Zambia get K42.2bn Chinese grant

President Xi Jinping, left front, holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata ahead of their talks in Sanya, South China's Hainan province

ZAMBIA has received an US$8 million or K42.2 million grant from China in form of medical and military equipment that will be used to upgrade military hospitals countrywide.
At a signing ceremony in Lusaka, Minister of Defence Geoffrey Mwamba commended the Chinese government for its continued support to Zambia.
Mr Mwamba said despite the signing ceremony taking long, he was convinced the gesture would help in modernising the defence hospitals.
“This support is as a result of the trip I took to China in 2012, I am very excited that now it has materialised and very soon, the equipment will be arriving,” Mr Mwamba said.
And Chinese ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao said the delivery of the equipment would be done in three phases over a period of three years.
Mr Zhou said he is happy with the bilateral relations that exist between Zambia and China, which he noted dates back to 1964.
“We are proud of this relationship, which exists in almost all sectors starting from health, education, construction and defence, among others,” Mr Zhou said.
The ambassador said 11 Chinese doctors are working at defence hospitals providing expertise.
He commended Zambia for the peace that the country enjoys, attributing it to the good work by servicepersons.
“Zambia has been peaceful for a long time because the defence is working and maintaining good relations with other countries, which is commendable,” Mr Zhou said.
The ambassador pledged his country’s continued support to Zambia.