Mnangagwa Speaks On Visit To China
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed the reason why he is visiting China. Mnangagwa will travel to China for a state visit from April 2 to 6 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, marking his first state visit outside Africa as Zimbabwean president since taking office last November.
Speaking to Xinhua before his visit to China, Mnangagwa said he will thank the people of China for supporting Zimbabwe during the time it was under sanctions from the Western countries. Mnangagwa also said he will address economic forum meetings in China where he hopes to invite investors. Said Mnangagwa:
I will say thank you not only to the president of China but also the people of China for standing and supporting Zimbabwe during the hard times when the West imposed sanctions on us. I have no doubt that in the economic forum meetings that I am going to address in China, I will be able to invite investors to come to Zimbabwe from China and tell them the opportunities that exist here and the environment, the security of investment that we have created in our own jurisdiction. The issue is not only about attracting capital into Zimbabwe. It’s an issue of leapfrogging after 18 years of isolation so that we catch up with the rest of the developing countries. We must have deeper economic relations with China. We know the road that we need to follow to grow our economy. We have priorities set out and we know the goals that we want to meet.