Zambia – Lungu calls on Chinese to use local contractors on infrastructure projects

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Lungu calls for China to use Zambian contractors on infrastructure jobs

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu
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By Laura Angela Bagnetto

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu wants Chinese companies working in Zambia to use local labour and local contractors. Lungu made his point on an eight-day state visit to China to push for support from China’s building sector.

“It definitely marks a departure from other presidents in Africa who have really courted Chinese investment without specifying this kind of issue,” says Dianna Games, CEO of Africa @Work, a Johannesburg-based business consultancy.

Lungu reportedly told Chinese developers in Sanya, China, that he wants China to use the Zambian labour force and Zambian contractors.

Games says his novel push for closer China-Zambia ties lies in precarious political position.

“You must remember that President Lungu is standing for another election in 2016,” she told RFI. He has a very short time to make…

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