THE Chinese government has pledged to construct the proposed new Parliament building in Mt Hampden, 18km north-west of Harare in Mashonaland West province, among several other deals signed between the two governments last night.
BY STAFF REPORTER
This was disclosed by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, while addressing journalists soon after the signing ceremony at State House.
He said the two governments had sealed 10 deals, covering a wide spectrum of the economy including finance, energy, aviation, local government and health, among others.
Sibanda said the visiting Chinese delegation, led by President Xi Jingping, pledged technical and financial assistance to various arms of government.
The deal for the construction of the new Parliament was signed between Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and his Chinese counterpart.
The Asian giant also sealed a deal with the Health ministry for the construction a national pharmaceutical warehouse. The Transport ministry is also set to benefit in the area of aviation.
Speaking at the same occasion, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi hailed the mutual co-operation between Harare and Beijing, which he said dates back to the liberation struggle era.
Earlier, Xi had saluted President Robert Mugabe for standing firm against what he called Western interference, adding that Zimbabwe was his only destination in Africa this time for bilateral purposes.
Mugabe said he would continue appealing for more financial assistance from China to jumpstart the economy.