China trains 6000 Zimbabweans in human resources drive

…500 benefit in 2023

Review & Mail Writer

The People’s Republic of China has trained over 6 000 Zimbabweans in the past 20 years through human resources development cooperation that has imparted vital capacity and skills on locals.
Last year, 490 professionals benefited in four bilateral training programmes specially designed and organized for Zimbabwe trainees namely, the Ministerial Workshop on Zimbabwe Economic Development Planning; the Seminar on Strategies and Reforms in Zimbabwe’s Economic Development; the Seminar on Public Management for Senior Government Officials and the Training Course on Professional Nurse.
Chinese Ambassador, Mr Zhou Ding, revealed this at a reception for the China-Zimbabwe Human Resources Development Cooperation held in Harare Monday, and praised the fruitful cooperation in the area, which is part of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership.
Government of Zimbabwe officials and beneficiaries also welcomed the opportunity, and shared experiences of learning from China.
“I can proudly say that these programmes have all delivered tangible benefits to the attendees, many of whom have utilized what they’ve learned in China to perform their official duties, conduct their academic studies, or grow their businesses more successfully,” Amb Zhou said.
“All the attendees including friends who are present here today are making great contributions to Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 and its national development goals.
“What is equally important is, through these training programmes, the people-to-people exchanges between our two countries have been strengthened, the traditional friendship between us have been further consolidated.”
Amb Zhou explained that Human Resources Development cooperation has been a major highlight of China’s foreign-aid programme, with over 160 000 Africans having benefited in the past two decades.

Officials follow proceedings during the Reception for China-Zimbabwe Human Resources Development Cooperation at the Chinese Embassy in Harare on Monday

The training programmes include fields such as infrastructure building, industrial and agricultural production and health care improvement as well as talent development and experience sharing.
Besides traditional sectors, China is also focusing on new or emerging areas such as 5G communications, satellites technology, E-commerce, etc. In addition, China has also held more than 500 themed sessions on state governance sharing China’s experiences in pursuit of modernisation.
And Zimbabwean participants and officials paid tribute to the programmes, highlighting benefits for their professional side, as well as experiencing China.

“The scholarship programmes provided a vital programme for personal career development, improved performance, inculcation of confidence and the right attitude and character towards national development,” said one of the beneficiaries, Kudakwashe Machaka, the Director of Provincial Coordination for Midlands Province.
Government officials commended the programme for its benefits to the country, and strengthening bonds of friendship with China.
“China’s steadfast commitment to the human resources development cooperation with Zimbabwe is a testament the enduring partnership and friendship between our two nations,” said Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Mercy Dinha.
Other officials who were present include, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zvinechimwe Churu, Deputy Chairperson of Public Service Commission, Nomathemba Ndiweni and Commissioner of Public Service Commission, Ambassador James Manzou.

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