China hands over $5.6 million worth of vehicles to Zambia
The Chinese government has handed over a donation of 65 protocol vehicles worth about $5.6 million the Zambian government.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at the Government complex in Lusaka this morning, Transport, Works, Supply and Communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the vehicles will reduce the operation costs that government incurs during hosting of international events.
Mr. Mukanga paid tribute to the Chinese government for the gesture adding that Zambia will remain committed to strengthening bilateral relations with China.
He said the Zambian government will ensure that the vehicles are guarded jealously and utilized for the intended purpose.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao said the gesture will enable the Zambian government to establish a standing protocol fleet for receiving foreign delegations with adequate vehicles as well as putting more buses in public transportation.
Ambassador Zhou explained that the gesture reflects the high efficiency with which the two countries carry out their bilateral products.
He said Zambia is bound to receive more VIP foreign delegations following its rising international status and improved economy as well as the forthcoming UNWTO general assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe next year.
The donation of the vehicles was done under the forum on China Africa Corporation and it includes 30 protocol saloon cars, 10 VIP coaches and 25 fleet buses.