Thirty Zambian workers engaged by Chinese enterprises have received awards for their outstanding performance.
Zambia's Minister of Labor and Social Security Joyce Simukoko and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie presented the awards at an event on May 5 organized by the Association of Chinese Corporations in Zambia.
The Chinese envoy commended the enterprises for awarding the local employees, saying accomplishments of the enterprises in Zambia could not be achieved without the support from the government and society.
The awards will not only encourage the recipients to work even harder but will also inspire other workers, Li said.
The flourishing of Chinese enterprises in Zambia has not only promoted prosperity and progress of the southern African nation's economy and society but has also become an example of mutually beneficial cooperation and common development between the two countries, he said.
"Chinese corporations in Zambia have become an important driving force for economic and social development of Zambia and economic and trade exchanges between our two countries," Li said.
Chinese enterprises, he said, have hired as many as 50,000 local employees, helping Zambia tackle unemployment.
Zambian labor minister Simukoko, on her part, said the government appreciates efforts by the Chinese business association in fostering coexistence between the Chinese and Zambian workers regardless of cultural and customs differences.
"It is gratifying to learn that workers work shoulder-to-shoulder with unity of purpose in your various companies," she said.
Zambia remains thankful to the strong bond of friendship that has existed for close to 55 years with China, not only at political level but trickling down to individuals in various fields of life, Simukoko said.
(Xinhua News Agency, May 6, 2019)